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Spider Research in the 21st Century: Trends & Perspectives

By: David Penney (Editor), Norman I Platnick (Foreword By)

320 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, tables

Siri Scientific Press

Hardback | May 2013 | #205033 | ISBN-13: 9780957453012
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £74.99 $95/€88 approx

About this book

Over the last few decades the internet, increased computing capabilities, molecular techniques and new imaging technologies have altered the way we do research in the 21st century. The result is a great increase in multi-disciplinary research and novel avenues incorporating spiders as model organisms. In short, we are in a new era of research, being published in an ever-increasing number of diverse, rapid-publication outlets, to the extent that it is difficult to keep track of all the progress that has been made in recent years and in which directions the various fields are heading. This edited volume brings together the state-of-the-art knowledge bases for the diverse topics that fall under the remit of spider-related research. The subjects covered include biodiversity, systematics, evolutionary ecology, biogeography, genetics and genomics, agroecology, behaviour, silk, and palaeontology.

Each chapter has been written by recognized world leader(s) and many present previously unpublished data and new analyses. Spider Research in the 21st Century will be of interest to professional arachnologists, but the research techniques covered can obviously be applied to other groups of organisms such as insects.


Contents

Preface by David Penney
Foreword by Norman I. Platnick
Contributors

Biodiversity: An African perspective
R. Jocqué, M. Aldierweireldt, A. Dippenaar-Schoeman

Systematics: Progress in the study of spider diversity and evolution
I. Agnarsson, J.A. Coddington, M. Kuntner

Evolutionary ecology: Linking traits, selective pressures and ecological factors
J. Moya-Laraño, M.W. Foellmer, S. Pekár, M.A. Arnedo,T. Bilde, Y. Lubin

Biogeography: From testing patterns to understanding processes in spiders and related arachnids
R.G. Gillespie

Genetics and Genomics: The arrival of a new molecular era of spider research
S.L. Goodacre

Agroecology: Trait composition, spatial relationships, trophic interactions
K. Birkhofer, M.E. Entling, Y. Lubin

Behaviour: Why are spiders good models for research?
M.E. Herberstein, E. Hebets

Spider silk: An ancient biomaterial for the 21st century
J. Garb

Palaeontology: Interpretation and application of the spider fossil record
D. Penney

Taxonomic index


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