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About this book
About this book
Covers how plants use chemicals to defend themselves from insect herbivores; the complexity of floral odours that mediate insect pollination; tritrophic interactions of plants, herbivores, and parasitoids and the chemical cues that parasitoids use to find their herbivore hosts; the semiochemically-mediated behaviors of mites; pheromone communication in spiders and cockroaches; the ecological dependency of tiger moths on the chemistry of their host-plants; and the selective forces that shape the pheromone communication channel of moths. Presents descriptions of the chemicals involved, the effects of semiochemically-mediated interactions on reproductive success, and the evolutionary pathways that have shaped the chemical ecology of arthropods.
Preface; 1. Phytochemical diversity of insect defenses in tropical and temperate plant families John T. Arason, Gabriel Guillet and Tony Durst; 2. Recruitment of predators and parasitoids by herbivore-injured plants Ted C. J. Turlings and Felix Wackers; 3. Chemical ecology of astigmatid mites Yasumasa Kuwahara; 4. Semiochemistry of spiders Stefan Schulz; 5. Why do flowers smell? The chemical ecology of fragrance-driven pollination Robert A. Raguso; 6. Sex pheromones of cockroaches Cesar Gemeno and Coby Schal; 7. A quest for alkaloids: curious relationship between tiger moths and plants containing pyrrolizidine alkaloids William E. Conner and Susan J. Weller; 8. Structure of the pheromone communication channel in moths Ring T. Carde and Kenneth F. Haynes; Index.
Professor Ring T. Carde is based in the Department of Entomology in the University of California, Riverside. Professor Jocelyn G. Millar is also in the Department of Entomology in UC Riverside.
341 pages, 2 col plates, 31 line illus, 36 figs, tabs
'This volume presents an excellent collection of reviews that should be useful to those working within and outside this study area.' Bulletin of the World Health Organization 'The wide scope, systematic approach and technical language all make this an excellent reference text.' Biologist '! an interesting book, summarizing not only a great amount of detailed knowledge, but addressing also general evolutionary issues such as the role of pheromones for speciation processes. ! provides a fascinating complexity of plant-insect and insect-insect interactions and communication that enthrals even the experienced reader and thus encourages every effort to preserve the future of these interactions and their further evolution. ! provides fascinating topics for the generally interested reader and student, as well as detailed accounts for professionals working in specific areas. Thus, I recommend this book to all persons aiming to 'look behind the curtain' of plant-insect interactions as well as interactions between insects - these readers will be impressed.' Journal of Insect Conservation