Insect Behavior: From Mechanisms to Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences

Insect Behavior: From Mechanisms to Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences


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Insects display a staggering diversity of behaviors. Studying these systems provides insights into a wide range of ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral questions including the genetics of behavior, phenotypic plasticity, chemical communication, and the evolution of life-history traits. This accessible text offers a new approach that provides the reader with the necessary theoretical and conceptual foundations, at different hierarchical levels, to understand insect behavior. The book is divided into three main sections: mechanisms, ecological and evolutionary consequences, and applied issues. The final section places the preceding chapters within a framework of current threats to human survival - climate change, disease, and food security - before providing suggestions and insights as to how we can utilize an understanding of insect behavior to control and/or ameliorate them. Each chapter provides a concise, authoritative review of the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundations of each topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198797517
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alex Cordoba-Aguilar, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico,Daniel Gonzalez-Tokman, Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico,Isaac Gonzalez-Santoyo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Alex Cordoba-Aguilar completed his PhD at Sheffield University and has been a researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico since 2003.

Daniel Gonzalez-Tokman did his doctoral studies at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and has been a researcher at the Instituto de Ecologia, A. C. since 2015.

Isaac Gonzalez-Santoyo did his doctoral studies at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and has been a lecturer in the same university since 2015.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Alcock
1. Introduction, Daniel Gonzalez-Tokman, Isaac Gonzalez-Santoyo, and Alex Cordoba-Aguilar
2. The genetics of reproductive behavior in insects, John Hunt, James Rapkin, and Clarissa House
3. Neurobiology of insect behavior, Anne C. von Philipsborn
4. The role of hormones in insect behavior, H. Frederik Nijhout and Emily Laub
5. Phenotypic plasticity and insect behavior, Karen D. Williams and Marla B. Sokolowski
6. Habitat selection and territoriality, Darrell J. Kemp
7. Long-range migration and orientation behavior, Don R. Reynolds and Jason W. Chapman
8. Insect feeding behavior, Stephen J. Simpson, Carlos Ribeiro, and Daniel Gonzalez-Tokman
9. Anti-predator behavior, Thomas N. Sherratt and Changku Kang
10. Chemical communication, Bernard D. Roitberg
11. Visual communication, James C. O'Hanlon, Thomas E. White, and Kate D.L. Umbers
12. Acoustic communication, Heiner Romer
13. Reproductive behavior, Rachel Olzer, Rebecca L. Ehrlich, Justa L. Heinen-Kay, Jessie Tanner, and Marlene Zuk
14. Parental care, Glauco Machado and Stephen T. Trumbo
15. Insect sociality, Jennifer Fewell and Patrick Abbot
16. Personality and behavioral syndromes in insects and spiders, Carl N. Keiser, James L.L. Lichtenstein, Colin M. Wright, Gregory T. Chism, and Jonathan N. Pruitt
17. Insect cognition and learning, Reuven Dukas
18. The influence of parasites on insect behavior, Pedro F. Vale, Jonathon A. Siva-Jothy, Andre Morrill, and Mark R. Forbes
19. Behavioral, plastic, and evolutionary responses to a changing world, Wolf U. Blanckenhorn
20. Behavior-based control of insect crop pests, Sandra A. Allan
21. Behavior-based control of arthropod vectors: the case of mosquitoes, ticks and Chagasic bugs, Ana E. Gutierrez-Cabrera, Giovanni Benelli, Thomas Walker, Jose Antonio De Fuentes-Vicente, and Alex Cordoba-Aguilar
22. Insect behavior in conservation, Tim R. New

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