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Routledge Handbook of Insect Conservation

By: James S Pryke(Editor), Michael J Samways(Editor), Tim R New(Editor), Pedro Cardoso(Editor), René Gaigher(Editor)
562 pages, 53 b/w photos, 20 b/w illustrations, 13 tables
Publisher: Earthscan
Routledge Handbook of Insect Conservation
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  • Routledge Handbook of Insect Conservation ISBN: 9781032259505 Hardback Jun 2024 In stock
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This handbook presents a comprehensive overview of insect conservation and provides practical solutions to counteract insect declines, at a time when insects are facing serious threats across the world from habitat destruction to invasive species and climate change.

The Routledge Handbook of Insect Conservation consists of six sections, covering all aspects of insect conservation, and containing contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners from across the globe. Section I addresses the fundamentals of insect conservation and outlines the reason why insects are important and discusses the greatest drivers of insect decline. The chapters in Section II examine the approaches that can be used for insect conservation globally, such as protected areas and agroecology, while highlighting the importance of insects in the composition and function of ecosystems. The chapters in Section III focus on insect populations in the major biomes around the world, from temperate and tropical forests to savannas and grasslands, with the chapters in Section IV focusing on natural and manmade ecosystems of the world, including mountain, soil, urban, island and agricultural habitats. They discuss the unique pressures and challenges for each biome and ecosystem and offer practical solutions for conserving their insect populations. Section V focuses on the assessment and monitoring of insects for conservation, discussing how we can implement practical monitoring protocols and what options are available. A wide variety of methods and tools are examined, including citizen science, bioindication, the role of taxonomy, drones and eDNA. The book concludes by examining policy and education strategies for insect conservation in Section VI. The chapters discuss key issues around social and policy strategies and conservation legislation for ensuring the long-term protection of insects.

This book is essential reading for students and scholars of biodiversity conservation and entomology as well as professionals and policymakers involved in conservation looking for real-world solutions to the threats facing insects across the globe.


SECTION I. Fundamentals of insect conservation
Section I: Introduction
Chapter 1. The foundations of insect conservation / James S. Pryke, Tim R. New, Michael J. Samways, Rene Gaigher and Pedro Cardoso
Chapter 2. Philosophy on insect conservation / Michael J. Samways, Charl Deacon, Tim Lomas and John P. Simaika
Chapter 3. The conservation target: global insect biodiversity / Tim R. New and Peter H. Adler
Chapter 4. Insects as functional components of communities and ecosystems / Jorge Ari Noriega and Timothy D. Schowalter
Chapter 5. Conserving insects for the provision of ecosystem services / Klaus Birkhofer, Mmabaledi Buxton, Lanya Feng, Lavhelesani Simba, Tim Diekoetter
Chapter 6. Global threats to insects / Pedro Cardoso, Caroline S. Fukushima, Eliza M. Grames, Mackenzie Kwak, Marija Milicic and David Wagner
Chapter 7. Insect declines, an overview of current knowledge on the status of the world's insects / Lynn V. Dicks, Eliza Grames, Diana E. Bowler and Nick J.B. Isaac
Chapter 8. Pervasive and synergistic effects of climate change / Charlotte L. Outhwaite, Rob Cooke, Joseph Millard and Andrew J. Bladon
Chapter 9. Practical solutions to climate change for insect conservation / Andrew J. Bladon, Rob Cooke, Joseph Millard and Charlotte L. Outhwaite

SECTION II. Approaches to insect conservation
Section II: Introduction
Chapter 10. Insect species conservation: planning for action / Monika Boehm, Axel Hochkirch, Vicky Wilkins
Chapter 11. Agroecological farming for insect conservation / Rene Gaigher, Johnnie van den Berg, Peter Batary and Ingo Grass
Chapter 12. Protected areas and insect conservation / Simone Fattorini, Leonardo Dapporto and Paulo A.V. Borges
Chapter 13. Connecting landscapes for insect conservation / James S. Pryke and Julia van Schalkwyk
Chapter 14. Interaction networks, their limitations and applicability to insect conservation / Opeyemi A. Adedoja, Eduardo Soares Calixto, Benoit Geslin, Temitope Kehinde and Rachel E. Mallinger
Chapter 15. Ecological and habitat restoration for insect conservation / Elise Buisson, Manon C. M. Hess, Romane Blaya, Tania De Almeida, Natan Huberson, Emile Melloul, Clementine Mutillod, Leo Rocher, Jean-Francois Alignan, Thierry Dutoit, Gregory Mahy and Olivier Blight
Chapter 16. Breeding and relocating insects for conservation / Paul Pearce-Kelly, Amanda Ferguson, Donald McFarlane, Kate Pearce, Tony Sainsbury, Erin Sullervin and Helen R. Taylor
Chapter 17. Conservation benefits and threats from insects-as-food / Asa Berggren and Matthew Low

SECTION III. Biomes of the world: specific pressures and solutions
Section III: Introduction
Chapter 18. Insect conservation in boreal and temperate forests / Rudi C. Swart, Tim R. New, D. Johan Kotze and Michael J. Samways
Chapter 19. Insect conservation in tropical forests / Fabio de Oliveira Roque, Bindiya Rashni, Danilo Bandini Ribeiro, Davidson Gomes Nogueira, Hilda Sakiti-Waqa, Laura Gisloti, Marciel Elio Rodrigues, Marildo da Silva Pedro, Perpetra Akite, Sundar Shunmuga Velayutham and Nigel E. Stork
Chapter 20. Insect conservation in savannas / Stefan Hendrik Foord, Colin S. Schoeman, Thinandavha Caswell Munyai and Alan N. Andersen
Chapter 21. Insect conservation in grasslands / Thomas Fartmann
Chapter 22. Insect conservation in Mediterranean-type shrublands / Francois Roets

SECTION IV. Ecosystems of the world: specific pressures and solutions
Section IV: Introduction
Chapter 23. Soil ecosystems for insect diversity conservation / Charlene Janion-Scheepers
Chapter 24. Conservation of subterranean insects / Stefano Mammola
Chapter 25. Insect conservation on islands / Justin Gerlach, Paulo Borges, Simone Fattorini, Nick Porch and Vicky Wilkins
Chapter 26. Mountain habitats for insect conservation / Tom R. Bishop and Mark P. Robertson
Chapter 27. Insect conservation in streams and rivers: conservation threats and solutions / John P. Simaika and Craig R. Macadam
Chapter 28. Aquatic macroinvertebrate conservation in lentic systems / Matthew J. Hill, Charl Deacon, Paul J. Wood, Melanie Milin, Selam S. Gebreselassie and Christopher Gibbins
Chapter 29. Urban habitats for insect conservation / Thomas Merckx
Chapter 30. Insect conservation in agricultural landscapes / Christine Haaland, Jorge L. Leon-Cortes and James S. Pryke

SECTION V. Assessment and monitoring insects for conservation
Section V: Introduction
Chapter 31. Assessment and surrogates for insect conservation / James S. Pryke, Michael J. Samways, Pedro Cardoso and Charl Deacon
Chapter 32. Monitoring and bioindication for insect conservation / Michael J. Samways, James S. Pryke and Charl Deacon
Chapter 33. Assessing the Red List Status and Green Status for insect species / Axel Hochkirch
Chapter 34. Citizen science for insect conservation / Jorge L. Leon-Cortes, Jason T. Bried and David B. Roy
Chapter 35. The role of taxonomy and museums in insect conservation / Simon van Noort
Chapter 36. Drones and satellite mapping for insect conservation / Tobias Landmann, Pamela Ochungo and Jan C. Habel
Chapter 37. Automated visual systems for insect monitoring and conservation / Jamie Alison and Toke Thomas Hoye
Chapter 38. Metabarcoding and eDNA for insect conservation / Anandi Bierman and Melissa Lloyd

SECTION VI. Policy and education strategies for insect conservation
Section VI: Introduction
Chapter 39. Legal and illegal trade in insects / Caroline S. Fukushima
Chapter 40. Government Policies for Insects conservation legislation / Scott Hoffman Black, Sarah Hoyle, Aimee Code and Beth Lauss
Chapter 41. Insect conservation education and outreach / Rassim Khelifa, John Simaika, Shantanu Joshi, Severin Tchibozo, Federico Lozano, Jenilee Montes, Javier Muzon, Christine L. Goforth, Erin Kinal, Amanda Dillon, Tyler Kelly, Hayat Mahdjoub and Viola Clausnitzer
Chapter 42. Future perspectives for insect conservation / James S. Pryke, Rene Gaigher, Tim R. New, Michael J. Samways and Pedro Cardoso

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James S. Pryke is an Associate Professor of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and is co-editor in Chief for the Journal of Insect Conservation.

Michael J. Samways is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Michael is the recipient of several major awards including the John Herschel Medal of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Tim R. New is an Emeritus Professor of Zoology at La Trobe University, Australia. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Conservation and former Regional Editor of Biological Conservation. Tim is the recipient of several major awards including the Mackerras and Marks Medals of the Australian Entomological Society.

Pedro Cardoso is a researcher at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He works in conservation biology and biogeography of invertebrates, particularly from islands and caves. Also has a special interest in the development of new methods in statistics and computer science.

René Gaigher is a Researcher in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She works primarily with terrestrial arthropods and focuses on ways to mitigate human impacts on arthropods in transformed landscapes.

By: James S Pryke(Editor), Michael J Samways(Editor), Tim R New(Editor), Pedro Cardoso(Editor), René Gaigher(Editor)
562 pages, 53 b/w photos, 20 b/w illustrations, 13 tables
Publisher: Earthscan
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