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Examines our current understanding of the population dynamics of the interactions between insect parasitoids and their hosts. Parasitoids are amongst the most abundant of all animals, and make up about 10% or more of metazoan species. Almost no insect species escapes their attack.
'A superb summary of long-term theoretical research into a well defined interaction among species that a bound in all terrestrial ecosystems and that have enormous practical significance in agriculture and forestry.' Trends in Evolution
"There is [a] very practical reason why host-parasitoid interactions are central to ecology and why this book should be broadly read. The specialization of these species makes them prime candidates for use as biological control agents. . . . It would be hard to think of anyone better suited than Michael Hassell to review this field. His new book is a well-organized compendium of the myriad features that make or detract from stability in these tight interactions. . . . Hassell details the important role spatial heterogeneity plays in coexistence and control. Also new is a growing list of theoretical studies that include webs of interactions among several host-parasite combinations. He is careful throughout to point out current deficiencies in both our theoretical and empirical understanding of these systems. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the theory of host-parasite interactions, and for those who just want to know more about ecological dynamics."--Nature
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