Due to the rapid growth in knowledge on insect biodiversity in the eight years since publication of the first edition, the second edition of this book is being published in two volumes, with the second volume in preparation.
The second edition of Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society brings together in one comprehensive text contributions from leading scientific experts to assess the influence insects have on humankind and the earth's fragile ecosystems. Revised and updated, this new edition includes information on the number of substantial changes to entomology and the study of biodiversity. It includes current research on insect groups, classification, regional diversity, and a wide range of concepts and developing methodologies. The authors examine why insect biodiversity matters and how the rapid evolution of insects is affecting us all.
Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society explores the wide variety of insect species and their evolutionary relationships. Case studies offer assessments on how insect biodiversity can help meet the needs of a rapidly expanding human population, and also examine the consequences that an increased loss of insect species will have on the world. This important text:
- Explores the rapidly increasing influence on systematics of genomics and next-generation sequencing
- Includes developments in the use of DNA barcoding in insect systematics and in the broader study of insect biodiversity, including the detection of cryptic species
- Discusses the advances in information science that influence the increased capability to gather, manipulate, and analyze biodiversity information
- Comprises scholarly contributions from leading scientists in the field
Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society highlights the rapid growth of insect biodiversity research and includes an expanded treatment of the topic that addresses the major insect groups, the zoogeographic regions of biodiversity, and the scope of systematics approaches for handling biodiversity data.
1 Introduction 1
2 The Importance of Insects 9
Part I Insect Biodiversity: Regional Examples 45
3 Insect Biodiversity in the Nearctic Region 47
4 Amazonian Rainforests and Their Richness and Abundance of Terrestrial Arthropods on the Edge of Extinction: Abiotic–Biotic Players in the Critical Zone 65
5 Insect Biodiversity in the Afrotropical Region 93
6 Biodiversity of Australasian Insects 111
7 Insect Biodiversity in the Palearctic Region 141
Part II Insect Biodiversity: Taxon Examples 203
8 Biodiversity of Aquatic Insects 205
9 Biodiversity of Diptera 229
10 Biodiversity of Heteroptera 279
11 Biodiversity of Coleoptera 337
12 Biodiversity of Hymenoptera 419
13 Diversity and Significance of Lepidoptera: A Phylogenetic Perspective 463
Part III Insect Biodiversity: Tools and Approaches 497
14 The Science of Insect Taxonomy: Prospects and Needs 499
15 Insect Species – Concepts and Practice 527
16 Molecular Dimensions of Insect Taxonomy in the Genomics Era 547
17 DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity 575
18 Insect Biodiversity Informatics 593
19 Parasitoid Biodiversity and Insect Pest Management 603
20 The Taxonomy of Crop Pests: The Aphids 627
21 Adventive (Non-Native) Insects and the Consequences for Science and Society of Species that Become Invasive 641
22 Biodiversity of Blood-sucking Flies: Implications for Humanity 713
23 Reconciling Ethical and Scientific Issues for Insect Conservation 747
24 Taxonomy and Management of Insect Biodiversity 767
25 Insect Biodiversity – Millions and Millions 783
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Robert G. Foottit is a research scientist specializing in the taxonomy of aphids and related groups, with the Canadian National Collection of Insects and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His research interests include the use of morphological and molecular approaches in the study of aphid species and populations.
Peter H. Adler is a professor of entomology at Clemson University, where he holds a teaching and research appointment, specializing in the behavior, ecology, genetics, and systematics of insects, particularly butterflies and medically important flies.