462 pages, Diagrams
Despite their vulnerability as sessile organisms to adverse biotic and abiotic conditions, flowering plants dominate over much of Earth's surface. The abilitity of plants to persist in hostile environments where they are facing an abundance of insect herbivores relies on evolved resistance systems allowing them to escape from herbivory in time or in space, to confront herbivores directly, or to fight them indirectly by association with other species. Until recently, plant resistance was believed to be constitutive, i.e. independent from herbivore attack. The discovery that plants respond actively to herbivore with the mobilization of specific defenses opened an exciting new field of research.
This book provides an overview of the anatomical, chemical, and developmental features contributing to plant defense, with an emphasis on plant responses that are induced by wounding or herbivore attack. Written by leading experts in their fields, the book first introduces general concepts of direct and indirect defenses, followed by a focussed review of the different resistance traits, the biochemical basis of structural and chemical defense and inducibility. Finally, signal perception and transduction mechanism for the activation of plant defense responses are discussed, including chemical signaling in the communication between plants, and plants and insects.
From the reviews: "'Induced Plant Resistance to Herbivory' edited by Andreas Schaller contains three major sections comprising a total of 21 chapters. ! A broader and more complete overview of induced plant defences against herbivores would have made the book more interesting for a broader reader-ship. ! every chapter gives a detailed insight into a fascinating topic and is certainly worth to read for those who are working in the area and are in search for a rapid update on their own or a closely related research topic." (Martin Heil, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 10, 2009)
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