Book Cover: Microbial Products: Exploiting Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Plant Production

Edited by S.M. Zydenbos and T.A. Jackson (2010)
ISBN 978-0-473-16531-4

Microbes and their metabolites are poised to play an increasingly important role in agricultural systems as plant protection and growth promotion agents. The impetus for change has been driven by consumer and market demands for products with "no-detectable" chemical residues and minimal environmental impacts. These goals can be achieved by harnessing naturally occurring micro-organisms to provide beneficial services of value to agriculture and other industries. An international symposium entitled "Microbial Products: Exploiting Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Plant Production" was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, to investigate the development, production and marketing of microbial products. The symposium speakers came from four continents, and a wide variety of topics was covered, including biocontrol of insects, nematodes and diseases, bioherbicides, bioremediation and plant growth promotion. This book presents the papers written by the speakers and provides insights into the selection of effective strains, production and formulation of the microbes, delivery and application to the targets, regulatory issues and steps for successful commercialisation of microbial products. It will be a particularly valuable source of information for both researchers and companies developing microbial products anywhere in the world.

RRP $39.95. Order from Touchwood Books.

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Book Cover: Plant Protection in Organic Arable and Vegetable Crops

D. Teulon, P. Cameron, G. Bourdot and D. Curtin (2005)
ISBN 0-478-10843-5

Developed to address a perceived lack of information on pest, disease and weed management in organic farming in New Zealand, this new book is an invaluable resource for organic arable and vegetable growers and their consultants, as well as for those considering a move to reduced chemical usage or organics. Beginning with the central principles of soil health and the management of pests, disease and weeds in organic growing, the book also contains standalone chapters on those pest, disease and weed problems specific to eight arable crop (barley, borage, clover seed, lentils, grass seed, linseed, maize and wheat) and nine vegetable crops (asparagus, brassicas, capsicums, carrots, onions, process peas, potatoes, squash and tomatoes), together with information on recommended organic control methods. Throughout, anecdotal material has been deliberately avoided - instead draft chapters of the book were circulated among scientists, growers and consultants for practical, objective feedback and sound evidence to incorporate into the final text. Wherever possible, information has been related to New Zealand conditions and to current organic certification standards.

RRP $59.95. Order from the authors.

Book Cover: Pesticide Resistance: Prevention and Management Strategies 2005

Edited by N.A. Martin, R.M. Beresford and K.C. Harrington (2005)
ISBN 0-473-10441-5

The issue of resistance of pests, including plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria, insects, mites, nematodes and weeds, to pesticides is very relevant to sustainable agriculture and horticulture. The New Zealand Plant Protection Society has been proactive in documenting and highlighting pesticide resistance for many years. Society members have developed strategies that have been ratified by industry for a range of horticultural, arable and pastoral crops and their pests. This book provides a permanent record of all the current strategies and will give farmers, growers and consultants the opportunity to have the information on hand for quick reference during daily activities.

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Book Cover: Managing Urban Weeds and Pests

Edited by D.M. Suckling and P.S. Stevens (2000)
ISBN 0-478-06821-2

This book contains articles covering a range of important issues associated with urban pest management and is intended to encourage informed debate. It should be useful for students, resource managers in regional councils and elsewhere, and the interested public.

Out of print