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Ecology and Biomechanics: A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants

By: Anthony Herrel, Thomas Speck and Nicholas P Rowe

334 pages, illus

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2006 | #155039 | ISBN: 0849332095
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Ecology and Biomechanics: A Mechanical Approach to the Ecology of Animals and Plants highlights how biomechanics can provide insights into ecological and evolutionary questions. This book presents material on a range of subjects that combine approaches from various disciplines. Ideal as a reference for students and researchers, it includes both theoretical concepts and practical approaches. It covers research based on both plants and animals as well as the interaction between the two. It also illustrates the text with examples that emphasize distinct organism-environment relationships. It is ideal for readers in biomechanics, ecology, evolutionary biology, botany, zoology, and entomology.


Contents

Tree Biomechanics and Growth Strategies in the Context of Forest Functional Ecology: Meriem Fournier, Alexia Stokes, Catherine Coutand, Thierry Fourcaud, and Bruno MouliaDiversity of Mechanical Architectures in Climbing Plants: An Ecological Perspective: Nick Rowe, Sandrine Isnard, Friederike Gallenmnller, and Thomas SpeckThe Role of Blade Buoyancy and Reconfiguration in the Mechanical Adaptation of the Southern Bullkelp Durvillaea: Deane L. Harder, Craig L. Stevens, Thomas Speck, and Catriona L. HurdMurray's Law and the Vascular Architecture of Plants: Katherine A. McCulloh and John S. SperryPlant-Animal Mechanics and Bite Procurement in Grazing Ruminants: Wendy M. GriffithsBiomechanics of Salvia Flowers: The Role of Lever and Flower Tube in Specialization on Pollinators: Martin Reith, Regine Cla en-Bockhoff, and Thomas SpeckDo Plant Waxes Make Insect Attachment Structures Dirty? ExperimentalEvidences for the Contamination Hypothesis: Elena Gorb and Stanislav GorbEcology and Biomechanics of Slippery Wax Barriers and Wax Running to Macaranga - Ant Mutualisms: Walter Federle and Tanja BrueningNectar Feeding in Long-Proboscid Insects: Brendan J. Borrell and Harald W. KrennBiomechanics and Behavioral Mimicry in Insects: Yvonne Golding and Roland EnnosInterindividual Variation in the Muscle Physiology of Vertebrate Ectotherms: Consequences for Behavioral and Ecological Performance: Carlos A. Navas, Rob S. James, and Robbie S. WilsonPower Generation during Locomotion in Anolis Lizards: An Ecomorphological Approach: Bieke Vanhooydonck, Peter Aerts, Duncan J. Irschick, and Anthony HerrelImplications of Microbial Motility on the Water Column Ecosystems: Karen Christensen-DalsgaardThe Biomechanics of Ecological Speciation: Jeffrey Podos and Andrew Hendry

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