Novel Aspects of Insect-Plant Interactions Edited by Pedro Barbosa and Deborah K. Letourneau Focusing on three trophic levels, this study widens the current understanding of the ecological interactions between plants, herbivores, and their parasitoids and predators. Emphasized are the mediating effects of plant-derived allelochemicals on those interactions. The text also covers microorganisms as mediators of intertrophic and intratrophic interactions; theory and mechanisms: plant effects via allelochemicals on the third trophic level; and key roles of plant allelochemicals in survival strategies of herbivores. 1988 (0 471-83276-6) 362 pp. Plant Stress-Insect Interactions Edited by E. A. Heinrichs "This is a far-reaching, seminal book that summarizes our understanding of the complexity of real-world ecology." Choice This first major overview of the various abiotic and biotic stresses on plants outlines in detail what impact their responses have on their suitability as insect hosts. The effects of abiotic stress are catalogued in up-to-date research from leading specialists. The implications of plant stress on global food production in this era of diminishing croplands and rising populations is described, as well as avenues for the development of tolerant crop cultivars. 1988 (0 471-82648-0) 492 pp. Plant Resistance to Insects A Fundamental Approach C. Michael Smith This comprehensive textdeveloped out of the author’s vast field and academic experiencedescribes how biological and agricultural scientists identify and develop plant materials resistant to insects. Covers terminology and categories of resistance; investigative techniques for studying plant resistance; and crop management systems that use insect-resistant cultivars. Supplemented with tables detailing types and numbers of insect-resistant plant cultivars in the U.S. and formulae on quantifying plant tolerance of insects. 1989 (0 471-84938-3) 286 pp.
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About the Author
About the editors Peter W. Price is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of Insect Ecology, Second Edition and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites, and has edited two other texts. Thomas M. Lewinsohn is a professor in the Department of Zoology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He has travelled extensively, investigating insect communities on flower heads of the composite family Asteraceae, generating a broad comparative view spanning tropical and temperate latitudes. Geraldo Wilson Fernandes is an assistant professor in the Department of General Biology at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He is well known for his studies on formerly undiscovered tropical galling insect species. Woodruff W. Benson is a professor in the Department of Zoology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Dr. Benson has taken a leading role in developing interest and expertise in the sciences of evolutionary ecology and plant-herbivore relationships in Brazil.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents:
TROPICAL AND TEMPERATE COMPARISONS.
Comparison of Herbivory and Plant Defenses in Temperate and Tropical Broad-Leaved Forests (P. Coley & T. Aide).
MUTUALISTIC RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
Variable Composition of Some Tropical Ant-Plant Symbioses (D. Davidson, et al.).
ANTAGONISTIC RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
Herbivores, Herbivory, and Plant Phenology: Patterns and Consequences in a Tropical Rain-Forest Cycad (D. Clark & D. Clark).
Biodiversity of a Central American Heliconius Community: Pattern, Process, and Problems (L. Gilbert).
SPECIFICITY IN PLANT UTILIZATION.
Host Plant Discrimination: Experiments with Hummingbird Flower Mites (A. Heyneman, et al.).
COMMUNITY PATTERNS IN NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS.
Contemporary Adaptations of Herbivores to Introduced Legume Crops (M. Kogan).