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Ecological Methods in Forest Pest Management$
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David Wainhouse

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198505648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198505648.001.0001

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Integrated pest management

Integrated pest management

(p.160) Chapter 9 Integrated pest management
Ecological Methods in Forest Pest Management

David Wainhouse

Oxford University Press

This final chapter draws together many of the themes previously discussed, with particular emphasis on detailed case studies. A brief introduction to the concept of integrated pest management (IPM) is followed by a discussion of the economic impact of pest damage through growth loss, effects on timber quality and mortality, and by a case study of the Tasmanian eucalyptus leaf beetle. Decision support and expert systems can aid decision making in IPM and this topic is discussed using the spruce budworm decision support system as an example. Examples of IPM in practice, prefaced by a discussion of the economic injury level, include the pine shoot beetle, spruce bark beetle, European woodwasp and the ‘slow-the-spread’ campaign against the gypsy moth in eastern North America. Future developments in IPM and possible effects of climate change on the distribution and impact of forest pests are briefly discussed.

Keywords:   economic injury level, decision support system, integrated pest management, IPM, pest damage

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