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760 Southeastern Naturalist Vol. 7, No.3
Book Reviews of the Southeastern Naturalist, Issue 7/4, 2008
Control of Pests and Weeds by Natural
Enemies: An Introduction to Biological
Control. Roy Van Driesche, Mark
Hoddle, and Ted Center. 2008. Blackwell
Publishing, Malden, MA. 473 pp. $69.95,
softcover. ISBN 9781405145718. This
text thoroughly covers the subject of
classical biological control. Van Driesche
begins with a section on natural enemies
including parasitoids, predators, herbivores,
and pathogens targeting arthropods.
The science of invasive species is
covered with a discussion of the current
invasion crisis, followed by prevention
and eradication in both crops and natural
areas. The theory and practice of introducing
natural enemies is discussed in
several chapters, with emphasis on weed
control. Tools for biological control, safety,
and measuring impacts are discussed
in several more chapters, including a brief
chapter on avoiding impacts to non-target
species. Two chapters are devoted to conservation
biological control, including
one about methods suitable for organic
farming. Biopesticides are discussed as
well as augmentative biological control in
the greenhouse and the field. A final section
discusses vertebrate pests and future
directions for classical, conservation, and
augmentation biological control, and biopesticides.
Numerous tables, figures, and
color plates enhance the text. An extensive
references section is provided. This
text will be valued by students, biocontrol
professionals, farmers, and ecologists
concerned with invasive species and pest
Living With Fire: Fire Ecology and
Policy for the Twenty-first Century.
Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson.
2008. University of California Press,
Berkeley, CA. 180 pp. $29.95, hardcover.
ISBN 9780520255890. The authors present
a history of fire policy in the US. They
begin with an overview of wildland fire
in the west, summarizing the state of our
knowledge and stressing its complexity
and unpredictability. A chapter on human
infl uences on fire regimes addresses often
overlooked infl uences such as climate
change, housing development, grazing
of livestock, and invasive plants. How
fire suppression at all costs has contributed
to the current build up of fuels and
the financial burden borne by the Forest
Service is the subject of another chapter.
The authors also examine the recently
instituted Healthy Forests policies. They
conclude with a proposal for new fire
management goals and discuss them in
the context of recent and current events.
Written for a lay audience, this book will
be appreciated by all who are affected by
A Primer of Conservation Biology,
Fourth Edition. Richard B. Primack.
2008. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sutherland,
MA. 349 pp. $49.95, softcover.
ISBN 9780878936922. This primer provides
an overview of the field of conservation
biology that will be suitable as
a supplemental text for students studying
biology, ecology, or environmental
policy, or as the primary text for a college
introductory course or high school course.
It defines the field of conservation biology,
the concept of diversity, its value,
and threats. Additional chapters cover
topics such as extinction, conservation
of populations and species, protected
areas, and sustainable development. The
text contains many color figures and text
boxes that highlight important concepts
throughout. Each chapter ends with a
summary, topics for discussion, and suggested
reading. Appendices include a list
of environmental organizations, a glossary,
and a bibliography. C.R.
Book Reviewers: C.R. = Cathy Rees.