Pesticides continue to be a major means of controlling pests and diseases of crops and have made a major contribution to increasing the world's food production. Despite the problem of developing pest and disease resistance to certain pesticides, and public concern about their indiscriminate use and side-effects, they are likely to remain the basis of integrated pest management programmes. However, as this book seeks to demonstrate, there is scope to improve both the safety and efficiency of crop protection methods. The emphasis of the book is on methods of assessment and on application techniques to particular categories of crops. Written by leading authorities from Europe and North America, the book provides detailed reviews of relevant topics. It is essential reading for all researchers, advanced students and professionals concerned with crop protection, whether from the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, weed science or agricultural engineering.
Part I: General Issues 1: Application technology for crop protection: An introduction, E C Hislop 2: Safety aspects and legislation trends, H Pfalzer 3: Droplet production, A H Lefebvre Part II: Methods of Assessment 4: Methods for measuring spray droplet sizes, C S Parkin 5: Spray tracing techniques, B K Cooke and E C Hislop 6: Spray drift and its measurement, P C H Miller 7: Operator exposure to pesticides, G Chester Part III: Application techniques 8: Application to field crops: Manually carried equipment, G A Matthews 9: Large-scale ground-based application techniques, T H Robinson 10: Application to plantation crops, F R Hall 11: Aerial application to ground crops, A Lavers 12: Aerial application to forests, J W Barry 13: Glasshouse treatment, R K Lindquist, C C Powell and F R Hall 14: Adjuvants in spray formulation in relation to foliar application of herbicides, P N P Chow 15: Insecticide application in stores, G A Matthews 16: Chemigation, C C Dowler 17: Seed treatment, P B Clayton