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Ecology and Evolution of the Grass-Endophyte Symbiosis

By: Gregory P Cheplick and Stanley H Faeth

251 pages, 5 halftones, 24 line illus, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 2009 | #173049 | ISBN-13: 9780195308082
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About this book

Endophytic fungi are common and diverse in plants. Yet the nature of their interactions with host plants, and how these interactions cascade upward to communities and ecosystems are largely unknown.

In the first book of its kind, Gregory P. Cheplick and Stanley H. Faeth provide a new synthesis of existing studies of endophyte-grass symbioses within the context of modern ecological and evolutionary concepts. The authors present a large body of research covering a range of topics including the effects of endophytes on host growth, physiology, reproduction, and competitive ability in a variety of grasses and environments.

Clearly and engagingly written, this long-needed book highlights the most essential aspects of symbiosis ecology and evolution while suggesting avenues for significant future research.

I was impressed by the coverage of this book and the objective assessment of our knowledge. British Ecological Society Bulletin


PREFACE; 1. Introduction: The Grass-Endophyte Symbiosis; 2. Effects of Endophytes on Their Hosts; 3. Endophytes and Host-Plant Herbivore Relationships; 4. Genotypic Specificity of Grass-Endophyte Interactions; 5. Evolutionary Ecology of Grass-Endophyte Interactions; 6. Community and Ecosystem Consequences of Grass Endophytes; 7. Future Directions; REFERENCES; INDEX

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Gregory P. Cheplick is Professor of Biology, CUNY/Staten Island.
Stanley Faeth is Professor of Biology, Arizona State University.

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