Agricultural and Biological Sciences

New Perspectives in Plant Protection

Edited by Ali R. Bandani, ISBN 978-953-51-0490-2, 258 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published April 11, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/2299
Edited Volume

Crop losses by pests (insects, diseases and weeds) are as old as plant themselves but as agriculture are intensified and cropping patterns including the cultivation of high yielding varieties and hybrids are changing over time the impact of the pests becoming increasingly important. Approximately less than 1000 insect species (roughly 600-800 species), 1500 -2000 plant species, numerous fungal, bacterial and nematode species as well as viruses are considered serious pests in agriculture. If these pests were not properly controlled, crop yields and their quality would drop, considerably. In addition production costs as well as food and fiber prices are increased. The current book is going to put Plant Protection approaches in perspective.