Chasing the Red Queen

The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons

Author: Andy Dyer

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610915208

Category: Science

Page: 240

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In the race to feed the world’ s seven billion people, we are at a standstill. Over the past century, we have developed increasingly potent and sophisticated pesticides, yet in 2014, the average percentage of U.S. crops lost to agricultural pests was no less than in 1944. To use a metaphor the field of evolutionary biology borrowed from Alice in Wonderland, farmers must run ever faster to stay in the same place— i.e., produce the same yields. With Chasing the Red Queen, Andy Dyer offers the first book to apply the Red Queen Hypothesis to agriculture. He illustrates that when selection pressure increases, species evolve in response, creating a never-ending, perpetually-escalating competition between predator (us) and prey (bugs and weeds). The result is farmers are caught in a vicious cycle of chemical dependence, stuck using increasingly dangerous and expensive toxics to beat back progressively resistant pests. To break the cycle, we must learn the science behind it. Dyer examines one of the world’ s most pressing problems as a biological case study. He presents key concepts, from Darwin’ s principles of natural selection to genetic variation and adaptive phenotypes. Understanding the fundamentals of ecology and biology is the first step to “ playing the Red Queen,” and escaping her unwinnable race. The book’ s novel frame will help students, researchers, and policy-makers alike apply that knowledge to the critical task of achieving food security.
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Memoirs of the Red Queen

The Crown Princess' Own Story

Author: Hyegyŏnggung Hong Ssi,Yang-hi Choe-Wall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0710311591

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 127

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Red Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476746303

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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The irresistible stars of I Must Have Bobo! return in another everyday adventure in domestic disharmony, complete with an audio recording! Willy wants to write a storybook starring Bobo—and act out revenge fantasies on Earl—but Earl keeps wrecking the story (hence the desire to act out revenge fantasies!). Quit it, Earl…and stop stealing Bobo! But sometimes it only takes a small thing to realize that even sworn enemies have something in common. For instance: Bobo and Earl both have very snakey tails! Is that a truce? Don’t count on it.
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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409150739

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The first novel in the #1 bestselling RED QUEEN series by Victoria Aveyard THIS IS A WORLD DIVIDED BY BLOOD - RED OR SILVER. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . . ********* Read the international bestselling RED QUEEN series in full: Book 1: RED QUEEN Book 2: GLASS SWORD Book 3: KING'S CAGE Book 4: WAR STORM *********
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Run of the Red Queen

Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China

Author: Dan Breznitz,Michael Murphree

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030015271X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

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This work closely examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese economic system to discover where the nation may be headed and what the Chinese experience reveals about emerging market economies.
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The Red Queen among Organizations

How Competitiveness Evolves

Author: William P. Barnett

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400824486

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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There's a scene in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass in which the Red Queen, having just led a chase with Alice in which neither seems to have moved from the spot where they began, explains to the perplexed girl: "It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." Evolutionary biologists have used this scene to illustrate the evolutionary arms race among competing species. William Barnett argues that a similar dynamic is at work when organizations compete, shaping how firms and industries evolve over time. Barnett examines the effects--and unforeseen perils--of competing and winning. He takes a fascinating, in-depth look at two of the most competitive industries--computer manufacturing and commercial banking--and derives some startling conclusions. Organizations that survive competition become stronger competitors--but only in the market contexts in which they succeed. Barnett shows how managers may think their experience will help them thrive in new markets and conditions, when in fact the opposite is likely to be the case. He finds that an organization's competitiveness at any given moment hinges on the organization's historical experience. Through Red Queen competition, weaker competitors fail, or they learn and adapt. This in turn heightens the intensity of competition and further strengthens survivors in an ever-evolving dynamic. Written by a leading organizational theorist, The Red Queen among Organizations challenges the prevailing wisdom about competition, revealing it to be a force that can make--and break--even the most successful organization.
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The Red Queen

Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Author: Matt Ridley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141965452

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

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Sex is as fascinating to scientists as it is to the rest of us. A vast pool of knowledge, therefore, has been gleaned from research into the nature of sex, from the contentious problem of why the wasteful reproductive process exists at all, to how individuals choose their mates and what traits they find attractive. This fascinating book explores those findings, and their implications for the sexual behaviour of our own species. It uses the Red Queen from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – who has to run at full speed to stay where she is – as a metaphor for a whole range of sexual behaviours. The book was shortlisted for the 1994 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science Books. ‘Animals and plants evolved sex to fend off parasitic infection. Now look where it has got us. Men want BMWs, power and money in order to pair-bond with women who are blonde, youthful and narrow-waisted ... a brilliant examination of the scientific debates on the hows and whys of sex and evolution’ Independent.
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Avarom and the Red Queen

Author: J. L. Stewart

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1463442203

Category: Fiction

Page: 392

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By defeating three of the most dangerous thieves in the kingdom of Servitica, Avarom was elected to stay on as the personal bodyguard for its ruler, Queen Nakir. With nowhere else to go, he accepted. Now war has been declared against Servitica and all her allies of the Great Lands from an unknown adversary. Already these mysterious enemies are moving murderously toward the very gates of Servitica! War on a grand scale is imminent! And just as preparations are to be made for this campaign, the Queen vanishes! Chancellor Gorin, who now rules Servitica, has charged Avarom with murder and treason! With very little to go on and a lot at stake, Avarom and his appointed custodians must race against time to find those responsible for the abduction of the Queen. In order to do so they will face the flesh eating demons of Ecillia; the living monolith called the Miodrag; the merciless blade of Kazara, and the enigmatic necromancer known only as Yarum! Past deeds are brought to light! Centuries of linage revealed as the fate of the Great Lands if not the world rests solely in the hands of Avarom and The Red Queen!
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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 1625794800

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES FROM MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD! Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny. FUTURE TENSE Three years after her famous husbands death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways hed never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregors key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated _ his own mother. Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About Lois McMaster Bujolds Vorkosigan Saga: _Fans have been clamoring for Hugo-winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel. . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot.îÊPublishers Weekly on Cryoburn _Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character developmentÑ[E]normously satisfying.îÊPublishers Weekly. _One of sfs outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series.îÊBooklist _. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . .îÊLocus About Vorkosigan series entry Captain Vorpatril's Alliance: _. . .this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujolds acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatrils story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers . . . Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series characters. New readers can enjoy Ivans story on its own . . . Essential for all SF collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.îÊBooklist About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity: _Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes. . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.îÊPublishers Weekly The Vorkosigan Series in Story-based Chronological Order Falling Free Shards of Honor Barrayar The Warrior's Apprentice The Vor Game Cetaganda Ethan of Athos Borders of Infinity Brothers in Arms Mirror Dance Memory Komarr A Civil Campaign Diplomatic Immunity Captain Vorpatril's Alliance CryoBurn Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
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The Red Queen

Author: Margaret Drabble

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547544227

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Barbara Halliwell, on a grant at Oxford, receives an unexpected package-a centuries-old memoir by a Korean crown princess. An appropriate gift indeed for her impending trip to Seoul, but Barbara doesn't know who sent it. On the plane, she avidly reads the memoir, a story of great intrigue as well as tragedy. The Crown Princess Hyegyong recounts in extraordinary detail the ways of the Korean court and confesses the family dramas that left her childless and her husband dead by his own hand. When a Korean man Barbara meets at her hotel offers to guide her to some of the haunts of the crown princess, Barbara tours the royal courts and develops a strong affinity for everything related to the princess and her mysterious life. Barbara's time in Korea goes quickly, but captivated by her experience and wanting to know more about the princess, she wonders if her life can ever be the way it was before.
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