Forest Insect Pests
The term pest describes those organisms that have a negative impact on human survival or well-being, either acting as parasites; transmitting pathogens; competing with humans for food, fiber, or other useful resources; or just plain annoying them. The term pest, therefore, is highly subjective and reflects the human viewpoint. A truly objective and impartial view (i.e., a strictly scientific one) may lead to the conclusion that the concept of a pest is inappropriate, for all organisms play important roles in the development and maintenance of ecological communities (see Chapter 3). From this viewpoint we may even come to the conclusion that only one organism really threatens the stability and persistence of living systems on this planet—that Homo sapiens is the real pest!
KeywordsBark Beetle Seed Orchard Forest Pest Ambrosia Beetle White Grub
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