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Insects, Fire and Conservation

  • First global synthesis of impacts of fire on insect species and assemblages
  • Demonstrates ways in which prescribed fire can be used in insect conservation management
  • Helps promote more rational and effective balance between fire as threat and management tool, and suggests themes for improved protocols in the future

By: Tim R New(Author)

208 pages, 48 b/w illustrations, 24 tables


Hardback | Sep 2014 | #215726 | ISBN-13: 9783319080956
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About this book

A global synthesis of the impacts of wildfires and controlled burning on insects, bringing together much hitherto scattered information to provide a guide to improved conservation management practice. The great variety of responses by insect species and assemblages demonstrates the often subtle balance between fire being a severe threat and a vital management component. Examples from many parts of the world and from diverse biotopes and production systems display the increasingly detailed appreciation of fire impacts on insects in terrestrial and freshwater environments and the ways in which prescribed burning may be tailored to reduce harmful ecological impacts and incorporated into protocols for threatened species and wider insect conservation benefits.



1    Fire ecology and insect ecology

1.1 Introduction: a perspective of fires

1.2 Fire regimes

1.3   Pyromes

1.4   Plant responses to fire

1.5   Mosaics

1.6   Refuges

1.7    Habitat

1.8 Integration

2         Insect responses to fire

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Impacts and responses

2.3 Pyrophilous insects

2.4 Recovery from fire

2.5 The variety of studies

2.6 Interpreting the outcomes

2.7 Focal groups

3         Sampling and study techniques

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Methods

3.3 Problems with rare species

4         Ecological impacts of fires on insects

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Gradients in herbivory

4.3 Plant vigour

4.4 Interpreting change

4.5 Impacts on freshwater insects

4.6 Climate and scale

4.7 Opportunism: learning from accidents

5         Fires and insect pest management

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Forest pests

5.3 Rangeland pests

5.4 Saproxylic insects

5.5 Invasive ants

6         Fire in threatened species conservation  management

6.1 Introduction

6.2 General lessons from examples

6.3 Species: some cases

7         Fire and insect assemblages

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Representative assemblages

7.3 Changes and comparisons

8         Fire as a management component

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Fire in wider management

8.3 Untangling effects

8.4 Fire retardants

8.5 Fire suppression

9         Prospects

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Natural disturbance?

9.3 Prospects for protocols



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Emeritus Professor Tim New is an entomologist with broad interests in insect systematics, ecology and conservation. For long based at La Trobe University, Melbourne, he has travelled widely to collect and study insects in many parts of the world, and his extensive publications on these topics include about 40 books. He is recognised globally as one of the leading advocates for insect conservation.

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