Is Basic Science the Father of Applied Science?

The last chapter deals with a fundamental issue underlying both basic and applied sciences. The author could apply the data he obtained from many years of behavioral and evolutionary studies on bamboo plant mites towards protecting Chinese moso bamboo plantations from pest mite outbreaks. Even a slight recovery in plant-diversity could enhance the effects of natural enemies and regulate spider mite outbreaks in China. This “basic science is the father of applied science” approach is somewhat analogous to the “organic evolution, i.e. mutation (result of basic science) is the source of organic evolution (technology)” school of thought.


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