Ecology and Behaviour of the Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)

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Ivo Hodek, A. Honek, Helmut F. van Emden
Wiley, Apr 19, 2012 - Science - 500 pages
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Ladybirds are probably the best known predators of aphids and coccids in the world, though this greatly underestimates the diversity of their biology. Maximising their impact on their prey is an important element in modern conservation biological control of indigenous natural enemies in contrast to the classical approach of releasing alien species.

Ivo Hodek is one of the most internationally respected experts on coccinellids who has researched these insects for his entire career. He has now brought together 14 scientists of international standing to author 12 chapters, making this book the definitive treatment of coccinellid biology and ecology.

This volume covers the rapid scientific developments of recent years in the understanding of coccinellid phylogeny, the semiochemicals influencing their behaviour and of molecular genetics. Recent insights in relation to intraguild predation and the assessment of the predatory impact of coccinellids are also covered.

Other special features of the volume are the extensive references covering the literature from both East and West and a taxonomic glossary of the up-to-date nomenclature for species of coccinellids as well as of other organisms mentioned in the text.

While aimed at researchers, university teachers and agricultural entomologists, the book is readable and appropriate for others who just have a liking for these interesting and attractive insects.

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About the author (2012)

Ivo Hodek has worked on Coccinellidae for over 50 years withmost of his career spent at the Institute of Entomology, BiologyCentre, Czech Academy of Sciences. Here he was Head of theEcophysiology Laboratory (1990-1998), and now holds an EmeritusScientist position there. He has also researched and taught in TheNetherlands, France and Japan. He was awarded the J.E. PurkinjeMedal of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2000. In 1965, he foundedthe "Ecology of Aphidophaga" series of symposia, and since 1985 hasbeen the Editor of the European Journal of Entomology.

Alois Honek has taught insect ecology since 1972, andsince 1972 has been Senior Research Scientist, Crop ResearchInstitute,Prague-Ruzyne, specializing in invertebrate and plantecology with many research studies on Coccinellidae. He has alsohad periods of research in Russia and France.

After a period of research at Imperial College, London,Helmut van Emden was appointed to the Department ofHorticulture at Reading University where he was appointed Professorin 1976 and Head of the Department from 1986-1999. He is currentlyEmeritus Professor in the School of Biological Sciences. Hisresearch has focused on aphids, particularly host plant resistanceand biological control. He has conducted several research projectsin the tropics and has held visiting appointments at theUniversities of California and Queensland. He received the KarlEscherisch Medal of the German General and Applied EntomologicalSociety in 1993.

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