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Presents a comprehensive review of knowledge on root herbivores and illustrates their importance within ecosystems. Chapters discuss problems of visualizing the organisms in the soil, their role in agriculture, grassland and forest ecosystems and present specific case studies on the management, control amd influence of root feeders.
One; Methods for studying root herbivory; Two; New experimental techniques for studying root herbivores; Three; Root herbivory in agricultural ecosystems; Four; Root herbivory in grassland ecosystems; Five; Root herbivory in forest ecosystems; Six; Grape phylloxera - an overview; Seven; Using biocontrol against root feeding pests, with particular reference to Sitona root weevils; Eight; Invasive root feeding insects in natural forest ecosystems of North America; Nine; Linking above- and belowground herbivory; Ten; Root feeders in heterogeneous systems: foraging responses and trophic interactions; Eleven; Climate change impacts on root herbivores.
"This book serves as an introduction to a breadth of topics covered under the realm of root herbivory, including interactions in different ecosystems, linkages of aboveground and belowground ecology, biocontrol of invasives, and the effects of climate change. The book is a good starting point as a reference for graduate students or researchers seeking exploration into root-invertebrate interactions." -- Journal of Environmental Quality
"Research on herbivores has been dominated by studies on above-ground interactions and this book aims to partially redress the balance by synthesizing current information on agricultural and ecological aspects of root herbivory. This is a useful and interesting book containing a large amount of information."--Experimental Agriculture
"Overall, this is an important book on the much neglected topic of root herbivory and its consequences. It is useful for students but also for researchers. It is encouraging and it gives an excellent overview of th