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Main Title Insects and society /
Author Schowalter, Timothy Duane,
Publisher CRC Press,
Year Published 2019
Call Number QL463
ISBN 9780429327926; 0429327927; 9781000731415; 1000731413; 9781000731286; 1000731286; 9781000731545; 1000731545
Subjects NATURE / Ecology ; SCIENCE / Life SCIENCEs / Zoology / Entomology ; SCIENCE / Life SCIENCEs / Evolution ; Insects--History ; Insect pests--History ; Animals and civilization
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Taylor & Francis
Edition First edition.
Collation 1 online resource (xiv, 306 pages).
OCLC-licensed vendor bibliographic record.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
1 Introduction 2 What Makes Insects Different? 3 Insect Effects on Human History 4 Nuisances 5 Structural Pests 6 Venomous and Poisonous Arthropods 7 Parasites and Disease Transmission 8 Crop Pests 9 Forest Pests 10 Insects as Food 11 Medical and Industrial Materials 12 Cultural Value and Artistic Expression 13 Crop Pollination 14 Decomposition 15 Biological Control 16 Forensic Science 17 Insects as Indicators of Environmental Change 18 Why Do Insects Become Pests? 19 Deciding When and How to Control Insects 20 Concluding Remarks "Insects are the most species-rich and important organisms on earth, and that's why there are many university courses dedicated to the topic of Insects and Society. But, surprisingly, this is the first textbook specifically created for those courses. The content in this textbook is not only ideal for introductory courses, but it also is great for K12 instructors, insatiably curious children, and indeed anyone fascinated by insects and their impact on people." - Robert K. D. Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Entomology, Montana State University and Past President, Entomological Society of America "Society is undervaluing the role of insects as pivotal drivers of ecosystem functioning and services. Addressing this deficit is a major merit of this book." - Teja Tscharntke, Professor and Head of the Agroecology Research Group at the University of Göttingen, Germany Insects are all around us, outweighing humanity by 17 times. Many are nuisances; they compete with us for food and carry some of our most devastating diseases. Many common pests have been transported worldwide by humans. Yet, some recent reports suggest dramatic declines in some important groups, such as pollinators and detritivores. Should we care? Yes, we should. Without insect pollinators we'd lose 35% of our global food production; without detritivores, we would be buried in un-decayed refuse. Insects are also critical sources for nutritional, medical and industrial products. A world without insects would seem a very different and unpleasant place. So why do insects inspire such fear and loathing? This concise, full-color text challenges many entrenched perceptions about insect effects on our lives. Beginning with a summary of insect biology and ecology that affect their interactions with other organisms, it goes on to describe the various positive and negative ways in which insects and humans interact. The final chapters describe factors that affect insect abundance and approaches to managing insects that balance their impacts. The first textbook to cater directly to those studying Insect and Society or Insect Ecology modules, this book will also be fascinating reading for anyone interested in learning how insects affect human affairs and in applying more sustainable approaches to "managing" insects. This includes K-12 teachers, undergraduate students, amateur entomologists, conservation practitioners, environmentalists, as well as natural resource managers, land use planners and environmental policy makers.