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Sustainable Pest Management in Date Palm: Current Status and Emerging Challenges

  • Waqas Wakil
  • Jose Romeno Faleiro
  • Thomas A. Miller

Part of the Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection book series (SUPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Waqas Wakil, Jose Romeno Faleiro, Thomas A. Miller, Geoffrey O. Bedford, Robert R. Krueger
    Pages 1-11
  3. Óscar Dembilio, Josep A. Jaques
    Pages 13-36
  4. Ali M. Idris, Thomas A. Miller, Ravi Durvasula, Nina Fedoroff
    Pages 37-62
  5. Mohammad Ali Al-Deeb, Mohammed Zaidan Khalaf
    Pages 63-72
  6. Geoffrey O. Bedford, Mohammad Ali Al-Deeb, Mohammed Zaidan Khalaf, Kazem Mohammadpour, Rasmi Soltani
    Pages 73-108
  7. Thomas M. Perring, Hamadttu A. F. El-Shafie, Waqas Wakil
    Pages 109-167
  8. Hamadttu A. F. El-Shafie, Jorge E. Peña, Mohammed Zaidan Khalaf
    Pages 169-204
  9. Mevlut Emekci, Dave Moore
    Pages 205-235
  10. Charles S. Burks, Muhammad Yasin, Hamadttu A. F. El-Shafie, Waqas Wakil
    Pages 237-286
  11. Geoff M. Gurr, Assunta Bertaccini, David Gopurenko, Robert R. Krueger, Khalid A. Alhudaib, Jian Liu et al.
    Pages 287-314
  12. Victoria Soroker, Ally Harari, Jose Romeno Faleiro
    Pages 315-346
  13. Mohamed W. Negm, Gilberto J. De Moraes, Thomas M. Perring
    Pages 347-389
  14. Hagit Navarro, Shlomo Navarro
    Pages 391-409
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 411-429

About this book


Date palm, Phoenix dactylifera L. (Arecales: Arecaceae), is an important palm species cultivated since pre-historic times in the arid regions of the world and traditionally associated with the life and culture of the people in the Middle-East and North Africa which are the pre-dominant date palm growing regions worldwide. The crop is currently cultivated in nearly 30 countries in the Asian, African, American and Australasian continents. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates that there are over 100 million date palms world wide with an annual production of over 7.5 million tonnes

Date palm is attacked by a wide range of insect pests mainly from the orders Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and Hemiptera besides phytophagous mites, several of which cause substantial loss in yield and even mortality of palms. During the last two decades there has been a significant increase in date palm cultivation worldwide especially in the Middle-East and North Africa where the area has increased over 50%, mostly in vast stretches of monoculture plantations offering a conducive macro and micro ha

bitat for existing and emerging insect pests of date palm. Global warming together with rapid large scale movement of palm species for farming and ornamental gardening has compounded the threat of insect pests to date palm. Indiscriminate use of insecticides to control these pests as the first line of defense is of major concern in the date growing countries due to the inherent disadvantages of insecticidal residues in dates (affecting exports), development of resistance to insecticides in the target species and resurgence of minor pest to major insect pest associated with chemical control

The book provides an overview on the biology (life cycle, damage, losses, geographical distribution, host range) and management (monitoring, action thresholds, biological control, chemical control, mechanical control, use of semiochemicals and biopesticides) of major arthropod pests of date palm from the orders Coleoptera (red palm weevil, long horn beetle, rhinoceros beetle, frond borer, sap beetles), Hemiptera (dubas bug, issid bug, scale insects, mealy bug) and Lepidoptera (lesser date moth, carob moth, raisin moth), and mites. The issues pertaining to the role of semiochemicals in date pest management and innovative methods for managing storage pests of dates  are also addressed. The book on date palm IPM will serve as a document for farmers, students, researchers and administrators involved in the date palm industry


Coleoptera Hemiptera IPM Insect pests of date palm Lepitoptera Mites

Editors and affiliations

  • Waqas Wakil
    • 1
  • Jose Romeno Faleiro
    • 2
  • Thomas A. Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabad, PunjabPakistan
  2. 2.Food and Agriculture Org. of the UNIPM(Red Palm Weevil)Al-HassSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Entomology DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaRIVERSIDEUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sustainable Pest Management in Date Palm: Current Status and Emerging Challenges
  • Editors Waqas Wakil
    Jose Romeno Faleiro
    Thomas A. Miller
  • Series Title Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24395-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79620-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24397-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 429
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 102 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Plant Pathology
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