Insect-Plant Biology

ISBN-10: 0198525958
ISBN-13: 9780198525950
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
List price: $110.00
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Description: Half of all insect species are dependent on living plant tissues, consuming about 10% of plant annual production in natural habitats and an even greater percentage in agricultural systems, despite sophisticated control measures. Plants possess  More...

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Book details

List price: $110.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Half of all insect species are dependent on living plant tissues, consuming about 10% of plant annual production in natural habitats and an even greater percentage in agricultural systems, despite sophisticated control measures. Plants possess defences that are effective against almost all herbivorous insect species. Host-plant specialization, observed in over 80% of these animals, appears to be an effective adaptation to breach these defence systems. The mechanisms underlyingplant defence to invading herbivores on the one side, and insect adaptations to utilize plants for nutrition, defence and shelter on the other, are the main subjects of this book. For plants exposed to insect herbivores, these mechanisms include the activation of defence systems and the emission ofchemical signals which may attract natural enemies of the invading herbivores and may even be exploited by neighbouring plants to induce an early defence. For insects, they include complex behavioural adaptations and their underlying sensory systems (with their implications for learning and nutritional plasticity), as well as the endocrinological aspects of life cycle synchronization with host-plant phenology. Insect-Plant Biology discusses the operation of these mechanisms at the molecular and organismal levels and explicitly puts these in the context of both ecological interactions and evolutionary processes. In doing so, it uncovers the highly intricate antagonistic as well as mutualistic interactions that have evolved between plants and insects. The book concludes with a chapter on the application of our knowledge of insect-plant interactions to agricultural production.This multidisciplinary approach will appeal to students in biology, agricultural entomology, ecology, and indeed anyone interested in the principles underlying the relationships between the two largest groups of organisms on earth: plants and insects.

Introduction
Herbivorous insects: something for everyone
Plant structure: the solidity of anti-herbivore protection
Plant chemistry: endless variety
Plants as insect food: not the ideal
Host-plant selection: how to find a host plant
Host-plant selection: when to accept a plant
Host-plant selection: variation is the rule
The endocrine system of herbivores listens to host-plant signals
Ecology: living aPart together
Evolution: insects and plants forever in combat
Insects and flowers: mutualism par excellence
Insects and plants: how to apply our knowledge
Further reading
Structural formulae
Methodology
Taxonomic index
Author Index
Subject Index

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