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1998New & Revised Publications

CONTENTS:
New Version of IPM Book for Gardeners
Illustrated Guide to Natural Enemies Released
Tomato IPM Manual Moves into Its Fourth Edition
Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators Recently Updated


New Version of IPM Book for Gardeners

The Second Edition of Pests of the Garden and Small Farm, A Growers' Guide to Using Less Pesticide, by M. L. Flint, was released in fall 1998. With 15,000 copies sold in its First Edition, this book is one of the primary texts used by UC Master Gardeners answering questions about pests on fruit trees and vegetables and is also an important resource for small, diversified organic growers. The book stresses the use of alternatives to the most toxic pesticides such as biological control, resistant varieties, traps, barriers, least toxic materials, changes in cultural practices such as irrigation and fertilizing, and other preventive measures. All sections have been updated and the book retains the over 250 color photographs by Jack K. Clark.


Illustrated Guide to Natural Enemies Released

Need help identifying a predator or parasite species? Want to find out the most common natural enemies of your key pests? What is the current status of biological control for weeds, plant pathogens, or nematode pests? What pesticides are least likely to kill off your beneficials? Find this information in the most comprehensive and practical field guide to biological control ever compiled - Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control - just published by the UC Statewide IPM Project.

Written by Mary Louise Flint and Steve H. Dreistadt of IPM Education and Publications, the book includes more than 180 color photographs by expert photographer Jack Kelly Clark and 140 line drawings that help readers find, identify, and use natural enemies to control pests in almost any agricultural crop, garden, or landscape. Nine chapters cover the biology of hundreds of predators, parasites, pathogens, competitors, and antagonists of pest insects, mites, nematodes, plant pathogens, and weeds. References, suppliers, the comprehensive index, and recent review of applied biological control literature make the Natural Enemies Handbook an indispensable source book.


Tomato IPM Manual Moves into Its Fourth Edition

The Fourth Edition of the UC IPM Project's most popular IPM manual, Integrated Pest Management for Tomatoes, was released in May 1998. Originally published in 1982 as the second book in the IPM manual crop series, this book has sold over 13,000 copies worldwide. Each edition has been improved over the last, with new pest and management information added as it becomes available. New sections in the Fourth Edition include revised fertilizer recommendations, disease forecasting programs, new sections on lygus bugs and tomato bug, new monitoring programs for worms, aphids, and stink bugs, new sections on a number of pathogen pests including Fusarium root rots, black dot root rot, anthracnose fruit rot, tobacco streak, and other viruses. The book, originally 104 pages, is now 118; this edition features 180 spectacular color photos, including 16 new ones. This revision was written by Senior Writer Larry Strand of IPM Education and Publications with input from experts throughout the UC system. Technical coordinators for the Fourth Edition included R. M. Davis, T. K. Hartz, W. T. Lanini, R. E. Marsh, G. Miyao, and F. G. Zalom.


Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators Recently Updated

The initial printing of Pesticide Safety: A Reference Manual for Private Applicators sold out early this year. This provided author Patrick O'Connor-Marer an opportunity to make changes and updates. The 120-page booklet is the study guide and reference material for growers in California who must take the private applicator certification examination in order to obtain permits to buy and use restricted-use pesticides.

A unique feature of the book is the "Farm Profile" that walks growers through all the steps they need to understand how to properly use restricted-use pesticides. These checklists help them recognize hazards and special features of their farms that impact how they handle and apply pesticides. In addition to the farm profile, each chapter of the book has several review questions which are patterned after questions on the private applicator certification exam. Look for the Spanish-language version in early 1999.

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