A new Expert Guide to Aphids published by Bayer CropScience will help growers and agronomists easily identify the main aphid pests of arable, field vegetable and fruit crops, says its author, Mark S. Taylor of the Rothamsted Insect Survey.
“It is an essential field reference book for agronomists and growers,” he says. “It profiles 21 species and each profile contains illustrations of the aphid’s distinguishing features, life cycle and activity pattern.”
The highly visual 70 page guide begins with a table summarising by crop the main aphid threats, which helps narrow down possibilities at a glance. Reference to the relevant profiles then provides all the information needed for identification, which is an essential requirement of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Bayer Expert Guides are part of the company’s Agri Services initiative to aid decision making so growers can realise the full potential of their crops, in yield, quality and profit. In addition to publications, Agri Services offers Apps, eLearning, pest and disease risk tools and the Four Seasons Farmers club.