This book presents a 360-degree picture of the world of insects and explores how their existence affects our lives: the "good, bad, and ugly" aspects of their interactions with humankind. It provides a lucid introductory text for beginning undergraduate students in the life sciences, particularly those pursuing beginner courses in entomology, agriculture, and botany.
Table of Contents
Positive aspects. Ecosystem services. The use of insects in science. Use of insects in medicine and cosmetic industry. Use of insects in technology (insect bionics). Commercial use of insects. Food use of insects. Use of insects in agriculture and forestry. Insects as a form of entertainment. Other Uses of Insects. Business related to insects. Insects in culture. Insect conservation. Negative aspects. Insects as pests. Insects as a vector of plant diseases. Insects as a vector of diseases in animals and humans. Bloodsucking insects and ticks. Venomous insects and arachnids. Invasions of insects. Insect allergy. Conclusion. Appendixes.
Sergey Govorushko is a chief research scholar at the Pacific Geographical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also Professor at the Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok). Sergey Govorushko received his PhD from the Institute of Geography (Moscow), Russian Academy of Sciences. His research activities focus on the interaction between humanity and the environment, including the impact of nature on humanity; the impact of humanity on the environment; and assessment of the interaction (environmental impact assessment, environmental audit, etc.). He has authored 11 and co-authored 16 monographs.