As an agronomist working for a chemical company in Indonesia, author Pieter Stam observed the damage insects can inflict on an agricultural crop and decided to study the science of insects, or entomology, in America.
In My World of Cotton and Insects, Stam shares the story of his life. He recalls his experiences in the United States and his interactions with professors, fellow students, and his research work. During his work as an FAO specialist on integrated pest management (IPM) on cotton in the Middle East, Far East, and Africa, he faced a wide range of emotions and encounters in the midst of research, communication with national colleagues, and daily life. Although his work as a scientist has been concise and without irrelevant emotion, the feelings behind his efforts come together to form the tapestry of a life well lived.
In this memoir, an entomologist whose work took him around the globe reflects on his career and travels through the years.