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The Rise of Applied Entomology in the Rusian Empire: Governmental, Public, and Academic Responses to Insect Pest Outbreaks from 1840 to 1894

P. 139-162.
Loskutova M., Fedotova A.

This chapter examines the rise of applied entomology in the nineteenth-century Russian empire from the time when certain branches of the Russian civil service began collecting field data on insect pests till the moment when the first professional positions for agricultural entomologists were established. The central theme of our research is the interaction between a small group of trained naturalists, the Russian state administration, and a broader network of provincial observers that was instrumental for the emergence of a discipline whose success ultimately depended on a stable flow of mass-produced field data. The paper explores the complex relations between the state and civil society, and between the political and academic center of St. Petersburg and regional initiatives that shaped the early history of applied entomology in Russia.

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The Rise of Applied Entomology in the Rusian Empire: Governmental, Public, and Academic Responses to Insect Pest Outbreaks from 1840 to 1894
Edited by: D. Phillips, S. Kingsland. Springer, 2015.