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Some Aspects of the Role of Engineering in the Competition Between Insects and Man

  • D. Schröder
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 2)


For about two million years man lived as a hunter and gatherer, and his numbers have been regulated by negative feedback mechanisms, in much the same way as the numbers of other predators and herbivores: Man was a component species integrated into the ecosystem. — With the domestication of plants and animals some 10,000 years ago, and the improvement of agricultural and other techniques thereafter, the position of man changed; he became the dominant species and altered with increasing efficiency the ecosystems according to his own needs and wellbeing. This development was accompanied by an initially slowly, but later rapidly increasing human population. It took an estimated two million years to reach the one-billion mark, but at present within only 15 years (from 1960 to 1975) one billion will be added to man’s population: This rise in man’s population is generating an enormous increase in the demand for food and other resources, and causes an increasing alteration of the biosphere.


Sugar Cane Insect Pest Calcium Arsenate Oriental Fruit Moth Synthetic Organic Compound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Schröder
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  1. 1.European StationCommonwealth Institute of Biological ControlDelemontSwitzerland

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