Insect-Plant Biology / Edition 2

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Overview


Insect-Plant Biology uncovers the highly intricate antagonistic as well as mutualistic interactions that have evolved between plants and insects. The authors discuss the operation of these mechanisms at the molecular and organismal levels and explicitly put these in the context of both ecological interactions and evolutionary processes. 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.
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"This is an outstanding reference to past and recent work on plant-insect interactions. It is laden with well-drawn figures and tables (about one per page) and includes an impressive, up-to-date bibliography, as well as an appendix with a comprehensive list of books devoted to the subject." --Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198525950
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Schoonhoven: PhD Groningen State University (1962) Staff scientist Wageningen University (1962) Postdocs/sabbaticals Philadelphia, Princeton, London. Professor of Animal Physiology (Wageningen) (1972-1985) Dean of Faculty of Agriculture (1982-1985) Professor of Entomology (Wageningen) (1985-1991). Elected member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1982) Teaching courses in Scandinavia, China, Brazil, Kenya. Editor-in-Chief Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (1972-2002).
Joop van Loon: PhD Wageningen University (1988). Research scientist, Wageningen University (1981) Research scientist, Foundation for Agricultural Plant Breeding (SVP-DLO), Wageningen (1986). Assistant professor, Wageningen University (1989). Associate professor, Wageningen University (- present). Co-editor Entomologia Experimentalis et applicata (2000) Visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2004).
Marcel Dicke: PhD Wageningen University (1988). Assistant Professor, Wageningen University (1985). Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Professor of Insect-Plant Interactions, especially Tritrophic Interactions (1997). Professor of Entomology and head of Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University (2003). Member of editorial boards of Journal of Chemical Ecology (1999), Biochemical Systematics and Ecology (1995), Journal of Ethology (1999-present), Ecological Entomology (2001), Insect Science (2005). Netherlands Zoology Prize (Netherlands Society for Zoology 1992), Belgacom Prize (Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences, 1996), VICI grant (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO, 2002).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Herbivorous insects: something for everyone
3. Plant structure: the solidity of anti-herbivore protection
4. Plant chemistry: endless variety
5. Plants as insect food: not the ideal
6. Host-plant selection: how to find a host plant
7. Host-plant selection: when to accept a plant
8. Host-plant selection: variation is the rule
9. The endocrine system of herbivores listens to host-plant signals
10. Ecology: living apart together
11. Evolution: insects and plants forever in combat
12. Insects and flowers: mutualism par excellence
13. Insects and plants: how to apply our knowledge
Appendix A: Further reading
Appendix B: Structural formulae
Appendix C: Methodology
Taxonomic index
Author index
Subject index

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