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Host-plant Selection By Phytophagous Insects

RRP $35.00

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For more than 20 years insect/plant relations have been a focus for studies in ecology and evolution. The importance of insects as crop pests, and the great potential of insects for the biological control of weeds, have provided further impetus for work in this area. All this attention has resulted in books on various aspects of the topic, and reviews and research papers are abundant. So why write another book? It seems to us that, in the midst of all this activity, behavior has been neglected. We do not mean to suggest that there have not been admirable papers on behavior. The fact that we can write this book attests to that. But we feel that, too often, behavior is relegated to a back seat. In comparison to the major ecological and evolutionary questions, it may seem trivial. Yet the whole process of host-plant selection and host-plant specificity amongst insects depends on behavior, and selection for behavioral differences must be a prime factor in the evolution of host-plant specificity. In writing this book, we hope to draw attention to this central role of behavior and, hopefully, encourage a few students to attack some of the very difficult questions that remain unanswered.

Insects In 30 Seconds

RRP $14.99

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Everything you need to know about bugs and insects in 30 second soundbites!

This is the perfect introduction to the largest animal group on Earth for all budding entomologists. Each topic is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and a full-page colourful artwork. Fun active missions support the topics and encourage kids to find out more. With stunning artwork, the attention-grabbing format is engaging and immediate, introducing readers aged from 8 up to the wonderful world of bugs.

Plant-provided Food For Carnivorous Insects

RRP $415.99

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Plants provide insects with a range of specific foods, such as nectar, pollen and food bodies. In exchange, they may obtain various services from arthropods.

The role of food rewards in the plant-pollinator mutualism has been broadly covered. This book addresses another category of food-mediated interactions, focusing on how plants employ foods to recruit arthropod 'bodyguards' as a protection against herbivores.

Many arthropods with primarily carnivorous lifestyles require plant-provided food as an indispensable part of their diet. Only recently have we started to appreciate the implications of non-prey food for plant-herbivore-carnivore interactions. Insight into this aspect of multitrophic interactions is not only crucial to our understanding of the evolution and functioning of plant-insect interactions in natural ecosystems, it also has direct implications for the use of food plants and food supplements in biological control programs.

This edited volume provides essential reading for all researchers interested in plant-insect interactions.

  • Editors are internationally well known, and the contributors represent a well-balanced, international view
  • The chapters bring together the widely scattered literature and place it in a clear and well-structured context
  • This is the first comprehensive volume to cover the role of plant-provided food in tritrophic interactions.
About the Editors

F. L. Wäckers, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
P. C. J. van Rijn, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
J. Bruin, Universiteit van Amsterdam


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