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The Life and Vision of Edward F. Knipling Concerning the Eradication of the Screwworm
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1 - Presented by Dr. E. B. Knipling
2 - Life and Family
3 - USDA Career
4 - Sterile Insect Technique
5 - Influential Colleagues and Collaborators
6 - Eradication of the New World Screwworm
7 - Awards
8 - Post Retirement: Beyond Screwworm
9 - Area-Wide Pest Management
10 - Relevant USDA Research
11 - E.F.K's Vision and Legacy
12 - Leading America towards a better future through agricultural research and information
Post Retirement: Beyond Screwworm


As already mentioned, my father continued to work and contribute to agricultural science well after his “formal” retirement. He wrote numerous scientific articles and also authored two books. The one on the left, “The Basic Principles of Insect Population Suppression and Management,” was published in 1979. This book provides a comprehensive story of the sterile insect technique and much more. In 1992, he published the book shown on the right, which he regarded as his favorite and most important work. It is entitled, “Principles of Insect Parasitism Analyzed from New Perspectives.”
In these books and other publications my father discusses the limitations of today’s conventional insect control strategies based on small area, farm to farm applications; continued heavy reliance on insecticides; and reactive treatments after pest populations reach high levels and damage occurs. His alternative theme is the proactive area-wide concept in which insect populations are suppressed and kept low to prevent them reaching damaging levels. The sterile insect technique is depicted as just one of many potential tools that could be developed and applied against a whole host of pest insect populations in addition to the screwworm, resulting in great economic, agricultural productivity, and environmental benefits.
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