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The formation of galls – abnormal growths or swelling in a plant – may be induced by infection of the plant by bacteria or fungi, or attack from certain mites, nematodes or insects. Biology of Insect-Induced Galls provides comprehensive coverage of the biology of galls and their complex ecological etiology. The expert contributors address topics such as the effect of insect secretions on plant growth, the evolution and physiology of gall-inducing insects, patterns in gall development and induction, the role of nutritive cells, and many other key issues. This valuable work in cecidology will interest all biologists and botanists concerned with plant health, and entomologists working in the field of plant-insect relationships.
"It is the strength of this book that all of these areas are covered by the twenty-two contributors. Although treatment of the subject is necessarily multi-disciplinary, the book as a whole is balanced and successfully integrated. All authors have provided valuable scene-setting introductions to their chapters, and throughout there are statements about what is not known as well as on what is known. This book will be both a valuable reference and a useful guide to topics for future research; it is also an interesting and enjoyable read."
– R.R. Askew, Annals of Botany, 71, 1993
"This wide-ranging and stimulating volume brings together contributions from many of the leading researchers in the field of cecidology [...] lively and interesting book [...] strongly recommended as being good value and the best treatment of its kind available."
– I.F.G. McLean, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, Vol. 6, Part I, April 1993
"The intetions of the editors to take an overview of cecidology and illustrate the multidisciplinary nature of gall studies were realized in this informative and comprehensive book [...] the book, representing the recent state of research, can be recommended not only to all specialists in the field but to all interested in insect-plant relationships."
– Claus Zebitz, Hohenheim, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 142 (1993)
"The book contains an abundance of information. The text is easy to read and in parts gripping and can easily be used as a basis for lectures. It is supplemented by some very informative graphic representations and numerous photographs [...] The price of £65 corresponds to the norm for scientific literature and is appropriate for the extent and quality of the book."
– Schriftleitung Zeitschrift fur Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschutz