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Chasing the Red Queen

The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons

Authors: Dyer, Andrew

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  • -The first book to apply The Red Queen Hypothesis to agriculture. -Explains key concepts in biology and ecology, using the timely issue of food security as a case study. -Presents solutions to address the pressing problem of chemical dependence and resistance in agriculture.

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In the race to feed the world’s seven billion people, we are at a standstill. Over the past century, we have developed increasingly potent and sophisticated pesticides, yet in 2014, the average percentage of U.S. crops lost to agricultural pests was no less than in 1944. To use a metaphor the field of evolutionary biology borrowed from Alice in Wonderland, farmers must run ever faster to stay in the same place—i.e., produce the same yields. With Chasing the Red Queen, Andy Dyer offers the first book to apply the Red Queen Hypothesis to agriculture. Dyer examines one of the world’s most pressing problems as a biological case study. He presents key concepts, from Darwin’s principles of natural selection to genetic variation and adaptive phenotypes. Understanding the fundamentals of ecology and biology is the first step to “playing the Red Queen,” and escaping her unwinnable race. The book’s novel frame will help students, researchers, and policy-makers alike apply that knowledge to the critical task of achieving food security.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • The Never-Ending Race: Adaptation and Environmental Stress

    Pages 3-13

    Dyer, Andy

  • The Evolution of Farming: Scaling Up Productivity

    Pages 15-32

    Dyer, Andy

  • Survival of the Fittest: Darwin’s Principles

    Pages 33-41

    Dyer, Andy

  • Reductionist Farming: Losing Ecosystem Services

    Pages 45-60

    Dyer, Andy

  • A Weed by Any Other Name: Monocultures and Wild Species

    Pages 61-69

    Dyer, Andy

Buy this book

eBook 48,14 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-61091-520-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chasing the Red Queen
Book Subtitle
The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Andy Dyer
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-520-5
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-520-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 223
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
Topics