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Global Decline of Insects

Hamadttu El-Shafie

King Faisal University

Associate Professor of entomology, appointed head of Department of Crop protection, then deputy dean of academic affairs, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum. At the moment he is the head of the red palm weevil research program, King Faisal University.


Pollinators Decomposers Agricultural Intensification Pesticides Application Global Warming Insect Fauna Invasive Species Native Species Deforestation Destruction of Insect Habitats Botanical Insecticides Biodiversity

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Insects play an important role in the life of human beings through the pollination of the majority of plants around the globe. They provide humans with valuable products such as honey, silk, medicinal, and cosmetic materials. Insects keep the soil in a healthy condition through the improvement of aeration and recycling of nutrients. They also play an essential role in the food web of other animals. Insects represent about 73% of the total species of animals identified so far in the world. There is clear evidence, in recent years, indicating a noticeable decline in the number of global insects. Many studies have been carried out in different countries in the world documenting the disappearance of global insects at an alarming rate. A recent review published in the journal of biological conservation indicated that the decline is larger in insect number of terrestrial insects as compared with the aquatic insects. The reports on global insect declines presented that the main reasons behind this decline are agricultural intensification, climate change, excessive use of persistent insecticides, deforestation, and urbanization.

This book aims to give comprehensive information on the possible causes of global insect decline, the impact on human livelihood, ecosystem, and possible measures to stop or at least slow such rapid decline in the number of global insects. The book would be a valuable reference for ecologists, conservationists, and entomologists.

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Hamadttu El-Shafie

King Faisal University

Hamadttu Abdel Farag El-Shafie is an associate professor of entomology and senior research entomologist at the Date Palm Research Center of Excellence, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He is the head of IPM research program in date palm. El-Shafie obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1988 and 1993, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Giessen, Germany in 2001. He was appointed head of Crop Protection Department at University of Khartoum in 2008, and then deputy dean for academic affairs at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum. He supervised 25 M.Sc. students and 5 Ph.D. students at University of Khartoum. His research interest focuses on management of field crop pests using neem biopesticides, and biology and ecology of date palm pests including mites. He also has interest in control of red palm weevil using semiochemicals. He published 60 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters with international publishers such as Springer, John Wiley and IntechOpen, in addition to more than 25 international conferences in the field of entomology. During the last ten years, he has been reviewing manuscripts for 30 renowned international journals.

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