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Insects and Ecosystem Function

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ISBN-10: 3540740031

ISBN-13: 9783540740032

Edition: 2008

Authors: Wolfgang W. Weisser, Evan Siemann

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In the past two decades, an increasing number of ecologists have started to investigate the importance of biodiversity for ecological processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycling, often referred to as 'ecosystem functioning'. Insects are a dominant component of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and play a key role in mediating the relationship between plants and ecosystem processes. This volume is the first to summarize their effects on ecosystem functioning, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on herbivorous insects. Renowned authors with extensive experience in the field of plant-insect interactions, contribute to the volume using examples from their own work. In addition to…    
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List price: $109.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
Publication date: 11/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 415
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.25" long x 0.35" tall
Weight: 2.970
Language: English

The various effects of insects on ecosystem functioning
Insect herbivores, nutrient cycling and plant productivity
Indirect effects of invertebrate herbivory on the decomposer subsystem
Biotic interactions in the rhizosphere: effects on plant growth and herbivore development
Below-ground herbivores and ecosystem processes Gregory
Bottom-up effects and feed-backs in simple and diverse experimental grassland communities
The potential of phytophagous insects in restoring invaded ecosystems: examples from biological weed control
Plant-insect-pathogen interactions on local and regional scales
Food web interactions and ecosystem processes
The role of outbreaking insects in plant community dynamics
The ecology driving nutrient fluxes in forests
Simulating herbivory: problems and possibilities
The use and usefulness of artificial herbivory in plant-herbivore studies
From mesocosms to the field: the role and value of cage experiments in understanding top-down effects in ecosystems
Reducing herbivory using insecticides Evan Siemann,
The role of herbivores in alien plant invasions: insights using a combination of methods to enhance or reduce herbivory
Herbivore-specific transcriptional responses and their research potential for ecosystem studies
Testing the role of insects for ecosystem functioning