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Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services

New
Presents a complete theory written for a general audience interested in insects and the sustainability of ecosystem services
Addresses the complexity of insect effects on our lives, our resources and ecosystem services on which we depend
Provides recommendations for more rational approaches to "managing" insect populations
Challenges many traditional perceptions of the value of insects in our lives
Gives a wider understanding of the concept of ecosystem services

Series: Social Environmental Sustainability

By: Timothy D Schowalter (Author)

362 pages, 16 plates with 61 colour photos and colour illustrations; 86 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 3 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2016 | #203795 | ISBN-13: 9781466553903
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NHBS Price: £81.99 $103/€96 approx

About this book

Although some effects of various insects will continue to be viewed as undesirable, there is the idea that insects should, or can, be "managed". Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services explores reasons that that may be unrealistic. It explores an approach to suppressing insect populations, considers information on the multiple, often compensatory, effects of insects on particular resources or ecosystem services and on the consequences of control tactics on those resources or services. It emphasize critical effects of insects on the sustainability of ecosystem processes and services and recommend changes in our management practices and policies to promote sustainability.

"As the most diverse taxon on earth, insects have complex roles in ecosystems and hence affect provisioning services, regulating services, cultural services and supporting services provided by ecosystems. This new synthesis enhances our understanding of the important functional roles of insects in ecosystem services, which will help us manage our natural resources in a better way to reach the goal of sustainability."
– Jung-Tai Chao, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute

"[...] the chapters of Schowalter's interesting new book range from insect ecology to the valuation and management of their benefits. [...] an important source for everybody interested in sustainable management of insects driving ecosystem functioning."
– Teja Tscharntke, Georg-August-University

"Dr. Schowalter brings forth many important topics within this realm as he ultimately leads the reader to a strong understanding of the important interplay between humans, insects, and the shaping of environments throughout the world. [...] well written and designed to allow the reader to quickly grasp and understand even the most difficult concepts. I have little doubt that this will become a "must have" reference for anyone interested insects and their role in the sustainability of ecosystem services."
– Mathew A. Camper Affiliation: Instructor/Entomologist Colorado State University


Contents

- Introduction
- History of Human Interactions with Insects
- Insect Ecology/What Attributes Make Insects Successful
- Changes in Insect Abundance and Distribution
- Insect Effects on Humans, Resources and Ecosystem Services
- Effects of Anthropogenic Activity and "Management" on Insect Roles
- Value of Insect Services
- Conservation and Sustainability
- Conclusions and Recommendations
- Bibliography


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