The front cover of Pests of Field Crops and Pastures.

Pests of field crops and pastures

This comprehensive handbook on economic entomology for Australian field crops and pastures covers all significant field crops, legumes and grasses.

  • 18 October 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011

Pests of Field Crops and Pastures: Identification and Control. 2007. CSIRO PUBLISHING, hardback, 528 pp, colour illustrations.


Organised by commodities, such as cereals, sugar and tropical pasture legumes, this book examines all the pest and beneficial species of insects and allied forms for a particular commodity across Australia.

Each of the main crops and pasture regions in Australia is presented as a separate chapter in which the identification, biology and management of pest and beneficial species are detailed.

‘Beneficial species’ included are those predators and parasitoids which are known, or thought, to provide a level of control of pest species in crops and pastures.

‘Allied forms’ are other arthropods and molluscs, invertebrates that are normally managed by similar methods as those of insects.

Each entry is accompanied by useful illustrations and includes informations on:

This book examines all the pest and beneficial species of insects and allied forms for a particular commodity across Australia.
  • identification
  • distribution
  • damage
  • host range
  • biology
  • risk period and monitoring techniques.

The book also describes introduced biological control agents that effectively control crop pests.


The book's features include:

  • it is the first book of its kind and contains the collected wisdom of 40 contributing authors
  • it includes tables which show the various product growth periods at which the insect is most active
  • it is profusely illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings.


This guide provides comprehensive and useful information for:

  • farmers
  • agricultural consultants
  • departments of agriculture and primary industries
  • quarantine officers
  • academics and students.

About the authors

All the 40 authors contributing to this book have many years of field experience in managing insects and allied forms in Australian field crops and/or pastures.

They are biologists who, through field experience in crop and pasture agro-ecosystems, have developed practical strategies for applying integrated pest management and biological control techniques in Australian agriculture.

View sample pages of Pests of Field Crops and Pastures on the CSIRO PUBLISHING website.