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  • The coexistence of plant and microbes has had major effects on the development of civilization since humans began to rely extensively on cultivated crops for food, soon after the emergence of agriculture, dating back to about 10,000 years before the present (BP). The refinement of our knowledge on this system is brought about by the interaction between existing social values and the integrity of our measuring tools- with interplay of scientific and philosophical rationale.

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  • Authors: New, T. R. (2008)

  • The putative peculiarities of island insects and the factors important in their conservation are noted. Endemism and speciation lessons from island insects have contributed significantly to wider understanding of aspects of insect diversification. The twin complexes of threats to island insects involve (1) internal processes, essentially habitat changes by human activity, and their consequences and (2) externally-imposed effects from alien invasive species, both of these operating in environments that may lack much of the buffer capability present in larger conti- nental areas or in richer communities. Many island insects now persist only in small inaccessible remnant habitats, and protecting these is a key theme in planning insec...