Report 
  Title  
  URBAN ENTOMOLOGY PERSPECTIVES
  Key Words  
  Research base, funding, communication network
  Author  
  WILLIAM H ROBINSON
  Abstract  
  Modem society has moved from an agricultural base to one that is urbanized. A majority of the world's population, in both developed and developing countries, lives in towns, cities, or large metropolitan areas. Urbanization can often lead to conditions of overcrowding, substandard or inadequate housing, air and water pollution, and increases in vector-borne diseases. The scientific discipline of urban entomology, the study and of invertebrate pests in the urban environment, can help to improve living conditions in urban areas by designing insect management and control programs that are effective, economical, and environmentally compatible. The contribution this discipline can make to the quality of life in urban environments will depend on an increase in the level of national and international organization, a broad and responsive base of both basic and applied research, and adequate research funding. Activities that will strengthen the contributions of urban entomology to modem society include a regular schedule of formal conferences for exchange of ideas and information, a computer-based network that links research laboratories and scientists around the world, and a subject-specific journal for urban entomology research