Microbial Mediation of Plant-Herbivore Interactions / Edition 1

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Overview

The mediating influence of microbes in the interplay of plants and herbivores has only recently begun to hold the interest of scientists. Not only is the microbial universe one of immense intricacy, it is one that has large implications for the ultimate welfare of the planet’s ecosystems. Microbial Mediation of Plant-Herbivore Interactions illustrates just how widespread is the mediation of plant-herbivore interactions by microbes and the diverse and significant impacts microbes have on plant-herbivore relationships. Not simply a compendium of microbial mediation, this landmark work provides, instead, a general framework which sheds light on the diversity of microbial effects on plant-herbivore relationships. Using a functional, mechanistic approach, as opposed to a descriptive, taxonomic approach, the text provides a key to understanding the net effects of microbes on plant resource suitability and herbivore utilization. This net effects approach provides a window onto the underlying mechanisms that account for patterns of interaction between microbes, plants, and herbivores. Part I, Interactions Among Insects, Plants and Microorganisms, provides an integrated framework for understanding microbial mediation. Part II, Plant Mutualists, examines many of the diverse interactions between nitrogen fixers, ectomycorrhizal fungi, or fungal endophytes, with various above- and below-ground herbivores. Part III, Plant Pathogens, discusses how plant pathogens alter plant resource suitability to insect herbivores as well as the implications of plant pathogens that are carried by insect herbivores and pathogenic to the insect. Part IV, Insect Mutualists, examines microbial effects on herbivore utilization. Part V, Insect Pathogens, discusses the interactions between plant chemicals and insect pathogens in terms of their effects on the herbivore. Chapters are grouped within parts on the basis of the primary organism with which the microbes are directly, functionally associated. Each part is prefaced by a net effects diagram and an introduction which summarizes key findings and relates them to the major themes of the text.

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Using a functional, mechanistic approach, as opposed to a descriptive, taxonomic approach, this volume provides a key to understanding the net effects of microbes on plant resource suitability and herbivore utilization. This net effects approach provides a window onto the underlying mechanisms that account for patterns of interaction between microbes, plants, and herbivores. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471613244
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

About the editors Pedro Barbosa is a Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland. His numerous publications include Readings in Entomology, Manual of Basic Techniques in Insect Histology, Insect Outbreaks, Novel Aspects of Insect-Plant Interactions and Introduction to Forest and Shade Tree Entomology. He received his BS from the City College of New York and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts. Vera A. Krischik is a staff scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. She is an active member of the Entomological Society of America, the Ecological Society of America, and the Audubon Naturalist Society. She was a recent recipient of an NSF Visiting Professorship for Women. She received her BA from the State University of New York and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. Clive G. Jones is an Associate Scientist at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the British Ecological Society. He has been a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship and the British Ecological Society Travelling Fellowship. He received his BSc from the University of Salford, UK, and a DPhil from the University of York, UK.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Interactions Among Insects, Plants, and Microorganisms: A Net Effects Perspective on Insect Performance (C. Jones).

PLANT MUTUALISTS.

Ecosystem Perspectives, Soil Organisms, and Herbivores (J. Moore, et al.).

Fungal Endophytes, Grasses, and Herbivores (K. Clay).

PLANT PATHOGENS.

Specific or Generalized Plant Defense: Reciprocal Interactions Between Herbivores and Pathogens (V. Krischik).

Plant Pathogens and Nonvector Herbivores (P. Barbosa).

INSECT MUTUALISTS.

Symbiont-Mediated Detoxification in Insect Herbivores (P. Dowd).

Role of Microorganisms in Spruce Bark Beetle-Conifer Interactions (A. Leufven).

INSECT PATHOGENS.

Host-Plant-Mediated Interactions Between the Gypsy Moth and a Baculovirus (J. Schultz & S. Keating).

Index.

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