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Pests, Diseases and Beneficials - Friends and Foes of Australian Gardens

F. David Hocking

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Pests, Diseases and Beneficials helps gardeners to identify and deal with those common insects and small animals (such as bugs, beetles, caterpillars, thrips and mites) that are found in every Australian garden.
    It offers clear descriptions and full colour images to aid in identifying insects or other organisms, and provides useful advice on how to recognise and treat problems. The book also covers feeding habits, life cycles and insect biology.

    Based on the 1980 book Friends and Foes of Australian Gardens, this new work has been revised and expanded to include general garden situations as well as Australian native plants, and provides further information on plant diseases, harmless and beneficial fungi, bacteria and viruses, physiological disorders and problems caused by horticultural mismanagement.
  • Clear text and image identification.
  • How to recognise and treat problems
  • Includes examples of various groups of organisms, including their biology
  • About the Author

    F. David Hockings AM has been professionally involved in plant and general horticultural problem solving for more than 50 years. He has written books on related subjects, a newspaper column for several years and delivered numerous papers across Australia and overseas. He has lectured up to tertiary levels, conducted Adult Education courses and presented radio and TV programs. In 2007 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his work in horticulture.


    Colour photographs, Illustrations
    280 pages, 270 x 210 mm



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