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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I want to announce that the handbook I developed together with to other editors and 70 chapter authors on: “Integrated Nematode Management: state-of-the-art and visions for the future”

is now officially available, gratis, in open-access format on the CABI website.

The book can be download for direct viewing on your computer or smart phone or both or saved as a pdf for future use.

Please forward this link to anyone you know who might be interested in what we feel is an important hand book on applied plant pathology and nematology.

The link to the e-Book is available on the CABI website at:

https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/9781789247541/__;!!PvXuogZ4sRB2p-tU!WR2OAeEqidoosMzpHs-bVXo8jPYGPd3SSlo9hVPa2C09W-DLj0A5szz2OSyyOczDLg$

The editors put together the 500 pages of science in 65 chapters with over 250+ figures in the 12 month window we set. Good collaborators.

I look forward to any comments you have and hope the vast majority are positive! Of course nothing is perfect.

All the best over the holiday season whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or other special occasion.

Sincerely yours

Richard Sikora

rsikora@uni-bonn.de

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Richard A. Sikora, Prof. em.

Institute for Crop Science & Resource Conservation Consultant Plant Health Management University of Bonn, Germany

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Rice Scientists,

About 5 months ago the US AGRONOMY journal invited me to write a review. Since it is pandemic time I thought it will be a nice mental challenge. After peer reviews, corrections, editing etc, it is finally published. Those interested the online version is available for those interested. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/11/2208/pdf

KL Heong

klheong@yahoo.com

Ecological Engineering for Rice Insect Pest Management: The Need to Communicate Widely, Improve Farmers’ Ecological Literacy and Policy Reforms to Sustain Adoption

by Kong-Luen Heong 1,*,Zhong-Xian Lu 2,Ho-Van Chien 3,Monina Escalada 4,Josef Settele 5,Zeng-Rong Zhu 1 andJia-An Cheng 11Institute of Insect Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China2Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310021, China3Department of Plant Protection, Mekong University, Vinh Long 890000, Vietnam4Department of Development Communication, Visayas State University, Baybay City 6521, Philippines5Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, 06120 Halle, Germany*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.Academic Editor: George G. KennedyAgronomy202111(11), 2208; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11112208Received: 20 September 2021 / Revised: 24 October 2021 / Accepted: 29 October 2021 / Published: 30 October 2021(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crop Pest Management Based on Ecological Principles)
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Abstract

Ecological engineering (EE) involves the design and management of human systems based on ecological principles to maximize ecosystem services and minimize external inputs. Pest management strategies have been developed but farmer adoption is lacking and unsustainable. EE practices need to be socially acceptable and it requires shifts in social norms of rice farmers. In many countries where pesticides are being marketed as “fast moving consumer goods” (FMCG) it is a big challenge to shift farmers’ loss-averse attitudes. Reforms in pesticide marketing policies are required. An entertainment education TV series was able to reach wider audience to improve farmers’ ecological literacy, shifting beliefs and practices. To sustain adoption of ecologically based practices organizational structures, incentives systems and communication strategies to support the new norms and practices are needed. View Full-TextKeywords: ecological engineeringentertainment-educationadoptionsustainabilityrice insect pest managementrice farmerspesticide marketingpolicy reformecosystem services▼ Show Figures

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