Host-Plant Selection by Phytophagous Insects

Overview

This is the first book that focuses on the behavior of host-plant selection by plant-feeding insects. It describes the patterns of host use, the chemical features of plants that determine host selection, the physiology of insect sensory systems, and the insect behaviors, with an emphasis on mechanisms. The book also discusses genetic variability and the effects of experience, and it concludes with a review of the evolution of host plant ranges.
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Overview

This is the first book that focuses on the behavior of host-plant selection by plant-feeding insects. It describes the patterns of host use, the chemical features of plants that determine host selection, the physiology of insect sensory systems, and the insect behaviors, with an emphasis on mechanisms. The book also discusses genetic variability and the effects of experience, and it concludes with a review of the evolution of host plant ranges.
This is a one-of-a-kind book for everyone interested in plant-feeding insects, and an important reference for undergraduates, graduate students, research scientists and agriculturists.

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'...easy to read...an excellent candidate for a college text in courses relating to this topic.'
Entomological News
'The book's scope is impressive. It succeeds in educating the reader on the entire breadth of a field so ungainly that most investigators are only superficially aware of the advances and trends in sub-disciplines different from their own...This book is extremely readable ...'
Ecology
'...this is a readable book with a broad coverage, an important message and a great deal of information.'
Integrated Pest Management
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412031311
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/1994
  • Series: Contemporary Topics in Entomology Series , #2
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Patterns of host-plant use. 2. Chemicals in plants. 3. Sensory systems. 4. Behavior: the process of host-plant selection. 5. Behavior: the impact of ecology and physiology. 6. Effects of experience. 7. Genetic variation in host selection. 8. Evolution of host range. Glossary. Taxonomic index. Subject index.

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