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Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

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By: Robert G Foottit(Editor), Peter H Adler(Editor)

856 pages, 376 illustrations


Hardback | Oct 2017 | Edition: 2 | #234716 | ISBN-13: 9781118945537
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Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society brings together leading scientific experts to assess the impact insects have on humankind and the earth's fragile ecosystems. It examines why insect biodiversity matters and how the rapid evolution of insect species is affecting us all.

Insects and related arthropods make up more than 50 percent of the known animal diversity globally, yet a lack of knowledge about insects is hindering the advance of science and society. Insect Biodiversity explores the wide variety in type and number of insect species and their evolutionary relationships. Case studies offer assessments on how insect biodiversity can help meet the needs of a rapidly expanding human population, and also examine the consequences that an increased loss of insect species will have on the world.

Insect Biodiversity concludes that a better understanding of the biology and ecology of insects is the only way to sustainably manage ecosystems in an ever changing global environment.

Reviews of the first edition:

"There is much to do, and as Quentin Wheeler states in his chapter, we do not yet know enough about insect diversity to characterize precisely the magnitude of our ignorance. Despite the challenges, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of our current knowledge. Tim New writes in his foreword that he hopes that "some of the chapters will be key references as we progressively refine and enlarge our understanding". I feel that this book defines the baseline in this field at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and is destined to became an indispensable first port of can for any one initiating world in this field."
Antenna, 2010

"This book contains a vast amount of information and will be an important reference for years to come."
CHOICE, December 2009

"Recommended for anyone even remotely interested in insects and their ecological importance."
– Museum fur Naturkunde, 2010

"This book is a highly original account, providing many new insights and new summarized data that should not be missing on the shelves of any entomologist, and also other biologists and naturalists can benefit from this volume."
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, April 2009


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Importance of Insects

Part I. Insect Biodiversity: Regional Examples
Chapter 3. Insect Biodiversity in the Nearctic Region
Chapter 4. Amazonian Rainforests and Their Richness and Abundance of Terrestrial Arthropods on the Edge of Extinction: Abiotic-Biotic Players in the Critical Zone
Chapter 5. Insect Biodiversity in the Afrotropical Region
Chapter 6. Biodiversity of Australasian Insects
Chapter 7. Insect Biodiversity in the Palearctic Region

Part II. Insect Biodiversity: Taxon Examples
Chapter 8. Biodiversity of Aquatic Insects
Chapter 9. Biodiversity of Diptera
Chapter 10. Biodiversity of Heteroptera
Chapter 11. Biodiversity of Coleoptera
Chapter 12. Biodiversity of Hymenoptera
Chapter 13. Diversity and Significance of Lepidoptera: A Phylogenetic Perspective

Part III. Insect Biodiversity: Tools and Approaches
Chapter 14. The Science of Insect Taxonomy: Prospects and Needs
Chapter 15. Insect Species – Concepts and Practice
Chapter 16. Molecular Dimensions of Insect Taxonomy in the Genomics Era
Chapter 17. DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity
Chapter 18. Insect Biodiversity Informatics
Chapter 19. Parasitoid Biodiversity and Insect Pest Management
Chapter 20. Taxonomy of Crop Pests: The Aphids
Chapter 21. Adventive (Non-Native) Insects and the Consequences for Science and Society of Species that Become Invasive
Chapter 22. Biodiversity of Blood-sucking Flies: Implications for Humanity
Chapter 23. Reconciling Ethical and Scientific Issues for Insect Conservation
Chapter 24. Taxonomy and Management of Insect Biodiversity
Chapter 25. Insect Biodiversity — Millions and Millions

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Robert G. Foottit is a research scientist specializing in the taxonomy of aphids and related groups, with the Canadian National Collection of Insects and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His research interests include the use of morphological and molecular approaches in the study of aphid species and populations, particularly those of economic interest as pests and invasive species. He has conducted field work throughout Canada and the United States as well as the Pacific Basin area.

Peter H. Adler is a professor of entomology at Clemson University, where he has held a teaching and research appointment for more than 20 years, specializing in the behavior, ecology, and systematics of insects, particularly Diptera. He has conducted research throughout North America, as well as in the Caucusus, Russia, Europe, the Amazon Basin, and Southeast Asia. He is the senior author of the 2004 award-winning book The Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America published by Cornell University Press.

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