Chasing the Red Queen: The Evolutionary Race Between by Andy Dyer

By Andy Dyer

In the race to feed the world’s seven billion humans, we're at a standstill. over the last century, we now have built more and more powerful and complex insecticides, but in 2014, the typical percent of U.S. vegetation misplaced to agricultural pests was once not less than in 1944. to exploit a metaphor the sphere of evolutionary biology borrowed from Alice in Wonderland, farmers needs to run ever quicker to stick within the comparable place—i.e., produce an analogous yields.

With Chasing the crimson Queen, Andy Dyer bargains the 1st booklet to use the crimson Queen speculation to agriculture. He illustrates that after choice strain raises, species evolve in reaction, making a unending, perpetually-escalating pageant among predator (us) and prey (bugs and weeds). the result's farmers are stuck in a vicious cycle of chemical dependence, caught utilizing more and more risky and costly toxics to overcome again gradually resistant pests.

To holiday the cycle, we needs to examine the technological know-how at the back of it. Dyer examines one of many world’s so much urgent difficulties as a organic case research. He offers key suggestions, from Darwin’s ideas of typical choice to genetic version and adaptive phenotypes. figuring out the basics of ecology and biology is step one to “playing the purple Queen,” and escaping her unwinnable race. The book’s novel body may help scholars, researchers, and policy-makers alike practice that wisdom to the serious job of accomplishing foodstuff security.

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