464 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs
Here, for the first time, is a book that concisely and comprehensively analyzes the topic of multitrophic-level plant-animal interactions by striking a balance among natural history description, experimentation, and theory. The text surveys many types of interactions – i.e., pollinator-plant and herbivore-plant – to illustrate general evolutionary and ecological patterns. It also examines the conditions that both promote and inhibit coevolution between plants and animals.
Following an informative overview of this rapidly evolving discipline leading experts in the field cover pollination biology; fruits, seeds, and dispersal agents; herbivorous insects and green plants; mammalian herbivore-plant interactions; ant-plant interactions; ecology and evolution of carnivorous plants; effects of primary resources on the distribution and abundance of animals; and plant-animal interactions in agricultural ecosystems. The authors survey what is known in each area and suggest directions for future research. numerous illustrations enhance the material.
Plant-Animal Interactions is a much needed resource. Its engaging, easy-to-follow style makes it the perfect textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in biology and ecology. In addition, it serves as an excellent, up-to-date reference for researchers in botany, entomology, mammalogy, and ornithology.
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