Geoff M. Gurr, Steve D. Wratten, William E. Snyder

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperForeword/postscript

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Agriculture accounts for approximately 40% of the land area on planet Earth and has been a major factor in global biodiversity decline. It is ironic, then, that agriculture is now showing conspicuous signs of faltering because of a breakdown in the services provided by nature. Pest control, soil fertility and nutrient cycling are amongst the most important of these. Industrialised agriculture, in striving for greater levels of productivity, uses inputs such as millions of tons of pesticides and fertilisers to replace natural processes.Reliance on technologies based on non - renewable resources has widely acknowledged problems including pollution, human safety and – in the case of pesticides– reduced efficacy as a result of resistance developing in pest populations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodiversity and Insect Pests
Subtitle of host publicationKey Issues for Sustainable Management
ISBN (Electronic)9781118231838
ISBN (Print)9780470656860
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2012


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