IPM in Practice, the latest manual from the University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project (IPM), is said to fill a crucial need for pest management professionals and the people who train them.

The 296-page softbound manual is the first comprehensive, practical field guide for setting up and carrying out an IPM program in any type of crop, landscape or urban situation. UC's IPM Project is nationally recognized for its beautifully illustrated crop-specific manuals featuring commodities ranging from apples and almonds to tomatoes and walnuts.

In focusing on IPM methods, tools and concepts, this new book takes a different approach, one that is receiving critical acclaim from reviewers.

More than five years in the making, IPM in Practice was created in direct response to concerns from industry and the public that pest control advisers (PCAs) need more integrated pest management knowledge and skills. The book was authored by Mary Louise Flint, UC Cooperative Extension entomologist and director of IPM's education and publications unit, and Patricia Gouveia, a licensed PCA. More than 50 pest management experts from the University of California, California State University and private industry helped identify the scope and content of the book.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will be updating its pest control adviser licensing exams in 2003 to match the curriculum provided in the book.

IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management is designed in an attractive, easy-to-read format with specific practical information to create IPM programs for weed, insect, pathogen and vertebrate pests in field, horticultural and tree crops, as well as landscape and urban environments. The book provides a complete curriculum for anyone teaching an IPM course or wanting to learn how to incorporate more IPM into their current pest management program.

IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management is illustrated with more than 300 photographs, line drawing, tables and sidebars. Priced at $30 per copy (discounted to $24 each for orders of 10 or more), ANR Publication #3418 can be ordered from ANR Communication Services, 6701 San Pablo Avenue, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94608-1239. Log into ANR's Web site at http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu or email: danrcs@ucdavis.edu. FAX: (510) 643-5470. Phone: (510) 642-2431. The new guide is also available at most local UC Cooperative Extension offices.