n African Entomology - Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research, G.H. Walter : book review

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



This book is a 275-page argument for the place of theoretical biology in pest management research. Its general message is that contemporary pest management research emphasizes application of technology or strategic research at the expense of application of knowledge or tactical research, and that even the application of knowledge should actually be subservient to the development and extension of knowledge, theoretical research. Whenever we study a pest, we are presented with an opportunity to enhance, rather than merely apply, knowledge. It is argued that pest management research is currently failing itself because it is not doing this, and several areas of theoretical biology are identified as offering ways out of this situation.

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