Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation: The Evolutionary Biology of Herbivorous Insects / Edition 1

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The intimate associations between plants and the insects that eat them have helped define and shape both groups for millions of years. This pioneering volume is a comprehensive, up-to-date treatment of the evolutionary biology of herbivorous insects, including their relationships with host plants and natural enemies. Chapters focus on the dynamic relationships between insects and plants from the standpoint of evolutionary change at different levels of biological organization—individuals, populations, species, and clades. Written by prominent evolutionary biologists, entomologists, and ecologists, the chapters are organized into three sections: Evolution of Populations and Species; Co- and Macroevolutionary Radiation; and Evolutionary Aspects of Pests,
Invasive Species, and the Environment. The volume is unified by the idea that understanding the ecological framework of the interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants is fundamental to understanding their evolution.

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Editorial Reviews


“This book will be an important resource for insect ecologists for many years.”
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“A wonderful addition to the field . . . Everyone will find something of interest. . . Provides a wealth of information and approaches to digest.”
“This book will be an important resource for insect ecologists for many years.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520251328
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelley J. Tilmon is an Assistant Professor of Entomology in the Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University.

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Table of Contents

1. Chemical Mediation of Host-Plant Specialization—the Papilionid Paradigm
2. Evolution of Preference and Performance Relationships
3. Evolutionary Ecology of Polyphagy
4. Phenotypic Plasticity in Plant-Herbivore
5. Selection and Genetic Architecture of Plant Resistance
6. Genetic
Introgression and Parapatric Speciation in a Hybrid Zone
7. Host Shifts, the Evolution of Communication, and Speciation in the Enchenopa binotata Species Complex of Treehoppers
8. Host Fruit-Odor Discrimination and Sympatric Host-Race Formation in Rhagoletis pomonella
9. Comparative Analyses and the Study of Ecological Speciation in Herbivorous
10. Sympatric Speciation in Herbivorous
Insects: Norm or Exception?
Insights from Remote Islands on
12. Selection by Pollinators and Herbivores on Attraction and Defense
13. Adaptive Radiation: Phylogenetic Constraints and their Ecological Consequences
14. Sequential Radiation through Host-Race Formation:
Insect Herbivore Diversity Leads to Diversity in Natural Enemies
15. Host-Plant Range and Speciation: The Oscillation Hypothesis
16. Coevolution, Cryptic Speciation, and the Persistence of Plant-
17. Cophylogeny of Figs, Pollinators, Gallers and Parasitoids
18. The Phylogenetic Dimension of
Insect-Plant Assemblages: A Review of Recent Evidence
19. Evolution of
Insect Resistance to Transgenic Plants
20. Exotic Plants in an Altered Enemy Landscape: Effects on Enemy Resistance
21. Life-History Evolution in Native and
Introduced Populations
22. Rapid Natural and Anthropogenic Diet Evolution: Three Examples From Checkerspot Butterflies
23. Conservation of Coevolved
Insect Herbivores and Plants

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