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New Technical Guide for Africa

Last month, USAID, in collaboration with international and national research and development partners, released the first edition of the Fall Armyworm Technical Guide. This technical manual shares the latest protocols related to integrated pest management to control this agricultural pest in Africa.

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Invasive Apple Snails- Book Cover

Joshi R.C., Cowie R.H., & Sebastian L.S. (eds). 2017. Biology and management of invasive apple snails. Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija 3119. 406 pp.​”


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 Invasive Apple Snails Book 2017 – final.pdf

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5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods

This week we’re bringing you news of an event currently taking place. The 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods in Langkawi, Malaysia. Held every four years, the goal of the symposium is to create a forum for biological control researchers and practitioners who conduct arthropod biological control programmes where they can meet to exchange information and discuss up-to-date issues relating to biological control.

Information about our recently released ‘Rice insect pests and their management’ book as well as a range of our other titles featuring insect pests, with be available at the conference.  Written by a distinguished team of entomologists led by Professor E. A. “Short” Heinrichs of the University of Nebraska, this innovative product, available in print and digital formats, will provide a comprehensive resource of information on approximately 100 species of the most important insect pests affecting rice cultivation, with over 150 photographs to help identify them.

Delegates of the conference will also have the chance to win their own copy of the book as a poster prize.

For more information visit the product page on our website or watch this week’s video from Francis.


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The rice plant is an ideal host for many insect species. All of the plant parts are vulnerable to insect-feeding from the time of sowing till harvest. There are over 800 insect species damaging rice in one way or another, although the majority of them do very little damage. In tropical Asia only about 20 species are of major importance. In Africa, 15 species of insects are considered major pests of rice and in the Americas about 20 species are considered major pests.

To develop effective pest management strategies, it is essential to properly identify and to understand the biology and ecology of insect pests and the arthropods that help regulate their populations. This book effectively utilizes the unique knowledge and expertise of leading rice entomologists from Africa, Asia and the Americas to provide the first global coverage of rice insect pests. The discussion of each pest includes geographical distribution, plant hosts other than rice, description and biology, plant damage and ecology.

Key features

  • Covers almost 100 species of the most important insect pests affecting rice cultivation
  • Brings together the key research on each pest, including description and biology and effects on rice plants
  • Written by a team of leading entomologists with experience of rice pests in Asia, Africa, the United States and Latin America
  • Includes over 150 photographs and images

Sample content

Not sure what you’re getting if you buy this book? Click on the cover image below to open a PDF and preview pages from the book.  Alternatively, watch our informative video introduction.

What others are saying…

‘The authors need to be congratulated to have pulled together such a large body of relevant information on rice pests and made it available to pest management professionals in the field as well as scientists in the laboratories in a very approachable and easy to use format.”
Hans Herren, Millennium Institute; formerly Director General of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), winner The World Food Prize and numerous other awards.

Table of contents

The insects discussed are categorised based on feeding types:

1. Root and stem feeders
2. Stem borers
3. Rice gall midges
4. Leafhoppers and planthoppers
5. Foilage feeders
6. Panicle feeders

The book concludes with a discussion of integrated management of insect pests



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The majority of the information in this book is drawn from technologies developed, tested, validated, and implemented by the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (previously known as the  Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program-IPM CRSP), supported by  USAID  Cooperative Agreements awarded to Virginia Tech.


Chap.1 – IPM for Food and Environmental Security in the Tropics

Chap. 2 – IPM Packages for Tropical Vegetable Crops

Chap. 3 – Virus Diseases of Tropical Vegetable Crops and Their Management

Chap. 4 – Exploring the Potential of Trichoderma for the Management of Seed and Soil-Borne Diseases of Crops

Chap. 5 – Physical, Mechanical and Cultural Control of Vegetable Insects

Chap. 6 – Integrated Pest Management of Cruciferous Vegetables

Chap. 7 – Integrated Pest Management of Okra in India

Chap. 8 – Integrated Pest Management of Onion in India

Chap. 9 – IPM Packages for Naranjilla: Sustainable Production in an Environmentally Fragile Region

Chap. 10 – IPM Technologies for Potato Producers in Highland Ecuador

Chap. 11 – Integrated Pest Management for Vegetable Crops in Bangladesh

Chap. 12 – Development and Dissemination of Vegetable IPM Practices in Nepal

Chap. 13 – IPM Vegetable Systems in Uganda

Chap. 14 – Impacts of IPM on Vegetable Production in the Tropics


ISBN 978-94-024-0922-2  ISBN 978-94-024-0924-6 (eBook)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2016957790


E.A. Heinrichs

IAPPS Secretary General

Asia Program Manager, IPM Innovation Lab

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