Effects of Resource Distribution on Animal Plant Interactions

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Overview

Aimed primarily at advanced graduate students and professional biologists, this book explores the degree to which animal-plant interactions are determined by plant and animal variability. Many of the patterns seen in natural communities appear to result from cascading effects up and down the trophic system. Variability among primary producers can influence animal and plant population quality and dynamics, community structure, and the evolution of animal-plant interactions.

Audience: Researchers and graduate students in animal population biology, and evolutionary, community, and theoretical ecology.

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"It is likely that anyone interested in the issues of population limitation and regulation of herbivore community assemblage in terrestial systems will find 'meat for thought' here."
--ECOLOGY
"This book would serve as an excellent basis for a graduate-level course in plant-animal interactions...Most authors have made synthetic arguments and presented new hypotheses. Because of this effort, most of the chapters retain a freshness that engage the reader's interest and stimulates further discussion."
--TREE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123619556
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 505
  • Product dimensions: 1.31 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

M.D. Hunter and P.W. Price, Introduction: Plants as a Variable Resource Base for Animals. M.C. Rossiter, The Impact of Resource Variation on Population Quality in Herbivorous Insects: A Critical Aspect of Population Dynamics. R.S. Ostfeld, Small Mammal Herbivores in a Patchy Environment: Individual Strategies and Population Responses. A.E. Weis and D.R. Campbell, Plant Genotype: A Variable Factor in Insect-Plant Interaction. B.J. Rathcke, Nectar Distributions, Pollinator Behavior, and Plant Reproductive Success. P.W. Price, Plant Resources as the Mechanistic Basis for Insect Herbivore Population Dynamics. J.C. Schultz, Factoring Natural
Enemies into Plant Tissue Availability to Herbivores. T. Ohgushi, Resource Limitation on Insect Herbivore Populations. J.R. Karr, M. Dionne, and I. Schlosser, Bottom-Up versus Top-Down Regulation of Vertebrate Populations: Lessons from Birds and Fish. M.D. Hunter, Interactions Within Herbivore Communities Mediated by the Host Plant: The Keystone Herbivore Concept. D.W. Roubik, Loose Niches in Tropical Communities: Why Are There So Few Bees and So Many Trees? T.H. Fleming, How Do Fruit-and-Nectar Feeding Birds and Mammals
Track Their Food Resources? T. Inoue and M. Kato, Inter-and Intraspecific Morphological Variation in Bumblebee Species, and Competition in Flower Utilization. J.M. Scriber and R.C. Lederhouse, The Thermal Environment as a Resource Dictating Patterns of Feeding Specialization of Insect Herbivores. Each chapter includes references. Index.
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