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Production Ecology of Ants and Termites

Edited By: MV Brian

409 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #181884 | ISBN-13: 9780521107143
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Hardback | Dec 1977 | #3137 | ISBN: 0521215196
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About this book

First published in 1977.

Social insects are amongst the most successful species. This study concentrates on the production ecology of ants and termites. Ants and termites are highly socialised and their groupings in their most developed form enable them to function as large organisms comparable with the larger mammals in their influence in ecosystems. In spite of their social mode of life, quantitative investigations are not easy and this volume emphasises the importance of developing reliable techniques.

The account deals critically with production, food and feeding habits, respiration and energy flow, nutrient dynamics and the role of ants and termites in ecosystems. The body of information is not only an invaluable summary and synthesis of work already done, but presents a concise statement of what now needs to be done and what means should be employed. The volume is for social insect ecologists and entomologists and for all who teach ecology, because it contains valuable data and ideas for the general ecologist.


Contents

Preface J. B. Cragg; 1. Introduction M. V. Brian; 2. Empirical data and demographic parameters C. Baroni-Urbani, G. Josens and G. J. Peakin; 3. Production by ants and termites M. G. Nielson and G. Josens; 4. Food and feeding habits of termites T. G. Wood; 5. Food and feeding habits of ants D. J. Stradling: Foraging by seed-harvesting ants W. G. Whitford; 6. Respiration and energy flow G. J. Peakin and G. Josens; 7. Nutrient dynamics of termites J. P. La Fage and W. L. Nutting; 8. Nutrient dynamics of ants A. Abbott; 9. The role of termites in ecosystems T. G. Wood and W. A. Sands; 10. The role of ants in ecosystems J. Petal: Comparison of various biomes B. Pisarski; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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