Economic Entomology at the Second International Congress of Entomology

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The speaker called attention to the fact that it is only a few years since workers in economic entomology were rather looked down upon by systematists; especially, was this feeling indicated during his visits to the great museums of Europe ten years or more ago. There has, however, been a decided change in this attitude on the part of entomologists of Europe and of other portions of the world; and he spoke of the recent Congress at Oxford as exhibiting in a very recent and concrete shape the radical difference in sentiment which exists today as compared with that of ten years ago. While the program of the section on economic entomology was not especially strong, yet the sessions of that section were attended by larger numbers than those of any other section, and this attendance comprised not only the general public but very many workers in the aspects of pure science. The hall was filled at almost every session.

The speaker said that this increase in interest and this change in the attitude of other workers are natural enough on account of the remarkable discoveries which have been made during the past ten years and the vital interest which attaches to many of the recent discoveries in economic entomology, but he felt sure that the main reason for the change had been the absolutely sound scientific work which has been done by economic workers, and he placed the influence of the Association of Economic Entomologists at the head of the controlling influences. The change has been largely due to the work of this association and to the sound papers which have been published by its members.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1913

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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