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Interrelationship Between Insects and Plants

By: Pierre Jolivet

309 pages, Illus

Saint Lucie Press

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #70575 | ISBN: 1574440527
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Here is a rare and expansive look at the intertwining of two unique and vastly different worlds - plants and insects. Jolivet, an acknowledged expert in the field, provides an overview of the field, including: a geological history of plant-feeding insects and arthropods; fungus eaters; carnivorous and protocarnivorous plants; rare plant/insect relationships; insects and flowers; and co-evolution between insects and plants.


A Brief and Simple Review of Plant and Arthropod Relationships * Sap Suckers * Fruit Eaters * Nectar Eaters * Pollen and Spore Eaters * Floral Feeding * Chewers * Carnivory in Phytophagous Insects * Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods of the Geological Past * The Fossil Record * The Plant Kingdom * Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods in the Past * The Insects and the Plants in the Past * Life in Amber * Fossil Evidence of Herbivory * Gut * Pollination * Galls and Domatia * Paleomimetism, Homochromy, and Aposematism * An Early 20th Century Classification of Food Plant Selection Among Phytophagous * Insects. * The Botanical Sense * Botanical Selection and Bridge Species * Monophagy * Oligophagy * Polyphagy * Pantophagy * Xenogaphy * The Old Clichis * Learning * Plant Resistance to Insects * Relationships Between Insects and Fungi * Parasitic and Saprophytic Fungi * Ectoparasitic Fungi: Laboulbeniales, Endoparasitic Fungi: Trichomycetes or * Eccrinids * Special Insect and Fungi Relationships: Cecidomyiids, Ants, Coleoptera, Termites Physiology of Food Selection * How it Works * Mechanical or Physical Selection * Selection of Feeding Sites * Visual Selection. Chemical Selection (Odor and Taste) * Talking Trees * Carnivorous and Protocarnivorous Plants * Carnivorous Plants * Protocarnivorous Plants * Plants on the Way to Carnivory * Phytotelmata * Conclusions on Carnivorous Plants * Myrmecophilous Plants or Ant-Plants * American, Asian, and African Plants * Theories of Myrmecophily * Acarophytes or Mite Plants * Seed Eating and Seed Dispersal by Ants * Ant Gardens Seed Dispersal by Insects Other than Ants * A Rare Plant-Insect Relationship: The Epizoic Symbiosis * The Galls and Mines * Insect Mimicry and Homochromy in Relation to Plants * Natural Weed Control in the Holartic and Tropics, Using Phytophagous Insects. * Pollination * Coevolution or Not Between Insects and Plants, the Paradigm of Coevolution * A General Review of Insect-Plant Relationships * Some Thoughts About Learning * The Canopy * Epilogue * Glossary * References *

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