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Advances in understanding insect pests of vegetables: a case study of sweetpotato weevil

Code: 9781838798826
Kenneth Sorensen, North Carolina State University, USA

Chapter synopsis: Sweetpotato is one of the world’s most important vegetables, and has added value as an organic, health food and as a biofuel alternative source of energy. The sweetpotato weevil (SPW), Cylas formicarius (Coleoptera: Brentidae, Gyladinae), originated in South Asia and spread by humans has resulted in its cosmopolitan distribution in tropical and subtropical areas where sweetpotatoes are grown, where it is the major pest and the most difficult to control. This chapter presents a case study of integrated pest management (IPM) tactics and strategies The chapter outlines the biology of SPW as well as tactics for monitoring, controlling and managing this pest. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0045.11
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Sweetpotato 3 Sweetpotato weevil (SPW) 4 Sweetpotato weevil biology 5 SPW monitoring 6 SPW control tactics 7 SPW management 8 Future trends 9 Conclusion 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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