For courses in Pest Management. This first edition text presents the basic principles of integrated pest management as they apply to plant pathogens, weeds, nematodes, mollusks, arthropods, and vertebrates. It reinforces the wisdom and soundness of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to crop protection, which attempts to limit the deleterious effects of pests in ways that are environmentally, economically, and socially acceptable. A glossary and supplemental readings are offered to expand on the explanations and definitions provided in the book, which is illustrated with numerous photographs, line drawings, and graphs. Integration of information on all plant protection disciplines with a comparative approach. Provides students with a realistic view of the world which is not fragmented along disciplinary boundaries and shows the interdependence of all organisms in a crop ecosystem. Illustrated with diagrams and photographs. Visuals make the material more interesting and understandable to students. Case histories and practical examples. Provide support for text information, bringing that information to life in a meaningful, applied way and helps teachers select examples and expand topics for project assignments. Updated with the latest technologies in the field. Includes controversial topics which are useful for class discussions. Co-authored by a weed scientist, a nematologist/plant pathologist, and an entomologist - Together have many decades of experience in teaching, research and extension in the US and abroad. Blends the ideal areas of expertise for a truly integrated, interdisciplinary approach to pest management.