The Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms

The Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms

by Andrew James Beattie
     
 

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Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from

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Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators. In this book, initially published in 1985, Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant–plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. This important work explores the natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature of the time will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.

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"...a significant contribution to understanding ant and plant ecology. The author has done a superior job of blending these two sciences into an easy to read and very enjoyable text." Bulletin of the ESA

"The relaxed and interesting narrative style makes this book a pleasure to read...I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in evolutionary ecology and especially those interested in the evolution of interactions between animals and plants." Evolution

"...an excellent review of our current understanding of the diverse and sometimes subtle mutualisms between ants and plants." Bartonia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521272728
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/26/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ecology Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

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