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Academic & Professional Books  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Insects: General

Insect Chemical Ecology An Evolutionary Approach

Edited By: B Roitberg and M Isman
320 pages, 75 illus
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
Insect Chemical Ecology
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  • Insect Chemical Ecology ISBN: 9780412018817 Paperback Aug 1992 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Provides a comprehensive view of insect chemical ecology from an evolutionary perspective, showing how natural selection acts upon interacting organisms and how particular physical and biological properties of chemical compounds act as constraints upon which natural selection may act. Individual chapters raise specific questions as to the nature of these interactions.


Why an evolutionary perspective? Natural selection and the evolution of insect-plant interactions. Biochemicals: engineering problems for natural selection. Costs and benefits of chemical information conveyance: proximate and ultimate aspects. A physiological perspective. Evolution of resistance to plant defensive chemicals. Sequestration of semiochemicals. Behavioral plasticity and patterns of host use by insects. Male-female agendas and the evolution of communication systems. Semiochemicals and insect sociality. Pest management.

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Edited By: B Roitberg and M Isman
320 pages, 75 illus
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
Media reviews
'This book is a timely reminder of how productive an evolutionary perspective can be, providing explanations of otherwise baffling problems ... Chemical ecologists will find this book an invaluable stimulus, encouraging them to pose questions in a more evolutionary and ultimately a more productive way.' Nature
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