Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Entomology and Plant Pathology

Major Professor

Arthur C. Cole

Committee Members

James M. Liles, Arthur W. Jones


Statement of the Problem: This study was made to determine the adaptations to a new environment and the ecological niches in the community that are occupied by cockroaches in two garbage disposal dump areas. The community of this study is the entire area of two garbage disposal dumps. This research is a comprehensive study of the garbage disposal community, including an analysis of its components (physical and biotic), dynamics and seasonal aspects.

Two garbage disposal dump areas were studied. One area is used by Knox County and is under the direction of the County Health Department. The other area is used by the City of Knoxville and is under the supervision of the City of Knoxville, Tenn.

Roth (1960) states that very few exclusively ecological studies of insects have included cockroaches.

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