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Author Palladino, Paolo.

Title Entomology, ecology, and agriculture : the making of scientific careers in North America, 1885-1985 / Paolo Palladino
Published Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Harwood Academic Publishers, ©1996
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 201 pages)
Series Studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine, 1024-8048 ; v. 3
Studies in the history of science, technology, and medicine ; v. 3. 1024-8048
Contents Ch. 1. Entomology in the United States -- Ch. 2. Entomology in Canada -- Ch. 3. Biological Control in the United States and Canada -- Ch. 4. Biological Control, Integrated Control, and Ecological Theory -- Ch. 5. Environmentalism and Entomological Research, 1960-1975 -- Ch. 6. Ecological Modeling and Integrated Pest Management
Summary This study is facilitated by following economic entomologists' and ecologists' changing ideas about different pest control strategies, chiefly 'chemical', 'biological', and 'integrated' control. The author then follows the efforts of one specific group of entomologists, at the University of California, over three generations from their advocacy of 'biological' controls in the 1930s and 1940s, through their shifting attention to the development of an 'integrated' strategy in the 1950s, to their final establishment of "integrated pest management" in the context of "big biology" during the 1970s. Ultimately, this book is about the lives of scientists in twentieth century science as they have been shaped both by the massive intellectual and institutional structures of science, and by their own will to create something new and more rewarding out of these structures
Entomology, Ecology and Agriculture examines the vastly expanded governmental funding of scientific research and technological development for the institutional and intellectual organisation of life sciences in the twentieth century. It studies the history of natural historical investigations of insects in light of growing institutional organisation of the agricultural sciences in the United States and Canada, exploring how this context has shaped the emergence of economic entomology and ecology - two quite different but related disciplines
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ecology -- Canada -- History -- 20th century
Ecology -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Entomology -- Canada -- History -- 20th century
Entomology -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Insect pests -- Biological control.
Insect pests -- Integrated control
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1134959141