Key features: Presents a brief history of past classifications, a summary of present classification, and speculation on how the classification may evolve in the future Includes keys for the identification of families and subfamilies of the Pentatomoidea and for the tribes in the Pentatomidae Explains transmission of plant pathogens and concepts of pathology and heteropteran feeding for the non-specialist Provides an extensive literature review of transmission by stink bugs of viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoan organisms that cause diseases of plants Discusses the diversity of microbial symbionts in the Pentatomidae and related species, showing how microorganisms underpin the evolution of this insect group Reviews semiochemicals (pheromones, kairomones, allomones) of the Pentatomoidea and their vital role in the life histories of pest and beneficial species and their exploitation by natural enemies of true bugs Covers past, current, and future control options for insects, with a focus on stink bugs and related heteropterans The Superfamily Pentatomoidea (stink bugs and their relatives) is comprised of 18 families with over 8,000 species, the largest of which is the family Pentatomidae (about 5,000 species). These species primarily are phytophagous, and many cause tremendous economic damage to crops worldwide. Within this superfamily are six invasive species, two that occur worldwide and four that are recent invaders in North America. Once established in new geographic regions, these species have increased their numbers and geographic distributions dramatically, causing economic damage totaling billions of dollars. Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species (Pentatomoidea): Biology, Higher Systematics, Semiochemistry, and Management is the first book that presents comprehensive coverage of the biology of invasive pentatomoids and related true bug species and addresses issues of rapidly growing economic and environmental concerns. Containing the contributions of more than 60 stink bug specialists from 15 countries, this book provides a better understanding of the biology and economic importance of these invasive species, why they became invasive, and how their continued geographical expansion is likely to affect numerous agricultural systems and natural environments. Including over 3,500 references, this authoritative work serves as an access point to the primary literature on their life histories, higher systematics, diapause and seasonal cycles, pathogens, symbionts, semiochemistry, and pest management control strategies for pentatomoid bugs.
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"Comprehensive, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species is enhanced with the inclusion of 27 color and 136 b/w illustrations, a twenty-one page Insects and Spiders Index, a sixteen page Plants index, and a three page Microoranisms and Plant Diseases Index, making it an ideal curriculum textbook and an unreservedly recommended addition to professional, college, and university library collections." - John Taylor, Midwest Book Review, March 2018 "A behemoth covering all aspects of the biology of stink bugs, Invasive Stink Bugs and Related Species has 260 pages devoted to six prominent invasive pentatomids, a short chapter on three potentially invasive species, and a 45-page chapter on management of insects in general with some sections particularly relevant to stink bugs... This book is copiously illustrated, including with beautiful color plates of key species and those that resemble them. For the invasive species there are maps of the dynamics of the invasion as well as of predicted ranges generated by the environmental niche models." - Daniel Simberloff, Biological Invasions, March 2018 "The book comprises the first of its kind to collate and detail the biology of invasive Pentatomoids (and related true bug species), and the associated 'economic and environmental concerns'. It's a hefty book with a correspondingly hefty price tag. However, this book includes everything that you would want to know about stink bugs, and is the culmination of more than 60 stink bug specialist's expertise from 15 countries. The detail is impressive. Perhaps surprisingly for a book of this type, the writing is approachable and engaging, and overall, produces an authoritative but accessible work." - Kate Priestman (CEnv, MCIEEM), Inside Ecology, May 2018 "This is a nice addition to the literature, as I know of no other comprehensive source of information about the 6 important invasive stink bugs now found in North America. Many of the chapters, such as those on semiochemistry and vectors of plant pathogens, are very timely. This is a volume that stink bug workers will want, and research libraries should possess." - John L. Capinera, Entomology & Nematology Dept, University of Florida, in Florida Entomologist, Volume 101 No.2, 2018 "Overall, this book provides a broad-based and up-to-date treatment of pentatomoids, not just the several species that have become invasive. Given ongoing taxonomic changes and the continued expansion of some species' ranges, this volume will serve as an important reference and synthesis of current knowledge in pentatomoid classification and management practices for the forthcoming decades."- Randall T Schuh, in American Entomologist, Volume 64, Issue 3, 15 September 2018