Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 319–320 | Cite as

T.R. New: Insect species conservation

Cambridge University Press, 2009, 256 pp, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-521-73276-5, Sterling £35 (US$ 69.00), Hardback, ISBN 978-0-521-51077-6, Sterling £75 (US$ 150.00)
  • Hans Van Dyck
Book Review

Conservation in changing environments is an enormous challenge for mankind. Biodiversity has a great intrinsic value, but it is only through economically valuable biodiversity or ecosystem services that policymakers become more sensitive to the complex and far reaching consequences of the current biodiversity crisis. Pollinating insects are textbook examples in this context as they are, worldwide, worth many billions of dollars for numerous crop cultures. Another current, and surely a future, service made available by the class of insects is the provision of human food. Some insects are capable of yielding a colossal biomass of protein-rich food and have long been traditional foods in many non-European cultures. As such, insects provide potential sustainable food sources. More generally, wider than direct human use, insects are well recognized as a driving force and key role player in several basic ecological interactions (e.g., significant pollinators, herbivores, predators,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Group, Biodiversity Research CentreUniversité catholique de Louvain (UCL)Louvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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