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Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms

By: Andrew J Beattie
182 pages, Figs, tabs
Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms
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  • Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms ISBN: 9780521272728 Paperback Aug 2010 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators.

In this book Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. This important work explores the natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature of the time will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.

First published in 1985.


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Origins and early evolution of ant-plant mutualisms; 3. Plant protection by direct interaction; 4. Plant protection by indirect interaction; 5. Myrmecotrophy; 6. The dispersal of seeds and fruits by ants; 7. Ant pollination; 8. Food rewards for ant mutualists; 9. Variation and evolution of ant-plant mutualisms; References; Index.

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By: Andrew J Beattie
182 pages, Figs, tabs
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...a significant contribution to understanding ant and plant ecology. The author has done a superior job of blending these two sciences into an easy to read and very enjoyable text. Bulletin of the ESA "The relaxed and interesting narrative style makes this book a pleasure to read...I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in evolutionary ecology and especially those interested in the evolution of interactions between animals and plants." Evolution " excellent review of our current understanding of the diverse and sometimes subtle mutualisms between ants and plants." Bartonia
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