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Effects of Resource Distribution on Animal Plant Interactions (Hardcover): Mark D. Hunter, Takayuki Ohgushi, Peter W. Price Effects of Resource Distribution on Animal Plant Interactions (Hardcover)
Mark D. Hunter, Takayuki Ohgushi, Peter W. Price
R2,090 R1,363 Discovery Miles 13 630 Save R727 (35%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Aimed primarily at advanced graduate students and professional biologists, this book explores the degree to which animal*b1plant interactions are determined by plant and animal variability. Many of the patterns seen in natural communities appear to result from cascading effects up as well as down the trophic system. Variability among primary producers can influence animal and plant population quality and dynamics, community structure, and the evolution of animal*b1plant interations.

The Biology of Gall-Inducing Arthropods (Paperback): William J. Mattson, Graham N. Stone, Peter W. Price The Biology of Gall-Inducing Arthropods (Paperback)
William J. Mattson, Graham N. Stone, Peter W. Price
R601 Discovery Miles 6 010 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This publication explores many facets of the ever intriguing and enigmatic relationships between plants and their gall-forming herbivores. The research reported herein ranges from studies on classical biology and systematics of galling to molecular phylogeny, population genetics, and ecological and evolutionary theory. Human kind has much to learn and gain from understanding the fine details of how plants and their gallers interact. This publication is the result of an international symposium that was held August, 1997 in Hungary. It was organized under the guidelines of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations by the Hungarian Forest Research Institute, Department of Forest Protection, and the North Central Research Station of the US Forest Service.

Evolutionary Biology of Parasites. (MPB-15), Volume 15 (Paperback): Peter W. Price Evolutionary Biology of Parasites. (MPB-15), Volume 15 (Paperback)
Peter W. Price
R1,868 R1,179 Discovery Miles 11 790 Save R689 (37%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In spite of the fact that parasites represent more than half of all living species of plants and animals, their role in the evolution of life on earth has been substantially underestimated. Here, for the first time within an evolutionary and ecological framework, Peter Price integrates the biological attributes that characterize parasites ranging from such diverse groups as viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, to helminths, mites, insects, and parasitic flowering plants. Synthesizing systematics, ecology, behavioral biology, genetics, and biogeography, the author outlines the success of parasitism as a mode of life, the common features of the wide range of organisms that adopt such a way of life, the reasons for parasites' extraordinary potential for continued adaptive radiation, and their role in molding community structure by means of their impact on the evolution of host species. In demonstrating the importance of parasitic interactions for determining population patterns and geographical distributions, Dr. Price generates further discussion and suggests new areas for research.

Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns (Hardcover): Peter W. Price Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns (Hardcover)
Peter W. Price
R2,926 Discovery Miles 29 260 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This study of distribution, abundance and population size variation in animals (formerly regarded as pure ecological subjects) is presented in an evolutionary framework. Arguing that evolved characters of organisms such as morphology, behavior and life history influence their ecological relationships, this new conceptual framework is broadly relevant to ecologists, evolutionary biologists, behavioral scientists and entomologists.

Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Paperback, New title): Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D.... Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Paperback, New title)
Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D. Eubanks, Deborah L. Finke, Ian Kaplan
R1,948 Discovery Miles 19 480 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Combining breadth of coverage with detail, this logical and cohesive introduction to insect ecology couples concepts with a broad range of examples and practical applications. It explores cutting-edge topics in the field, drawing on and highlighting the links between theory and the latest empirical studies. The sections are structured around a series of key topics, including behavioral ecology; species interactions; population ecology; food webs, communities and ecosystems; and broad patterns in nature. Chapters progress logically from the small scale to the large; from individual species through to species interactions, populations and communities. Application sections at the end of each chapter outline the practicality of ecological concepts and show how ecological information and concepts can be useful in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Each chapter ends with a summary, providing a brief recap, followed by a set of questions and discussion topics designed to encourage independent and creative thinking.

Ecological Communities - Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs (Paperback): Takayuki Ohgushi, Timothy P. Craig, Peter W.... Ecological Communities - Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs (Paperback)
Takayuki Ohgushi, Timothy P. Craig, Peter W. Price
R1,473 Discovery Miles 14 730 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

To gain a more complete understanding of plant-based ecological community structure requires knowledge of the integration of direct and indirect effects in plant herbivore systems. Trait modification of plants as a result of herbivory is very common and widespread in terrestrial plants, and this initiates indirect interactions between organisms that utilise the same host plant. This 2007 book argues that food webs by themselves are inadequate models for understanding ecological communities, because they ignore important indirect, nontrophic links. This subject is of great importance in understanding not only community organisation but also in identifying the underlying mechanisms of maintenance of biodiversity in nature. This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students interested in community and population ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, botany and entomology.

Ecological Communities - Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs (Hardcover): Takayuki Ohgushi, Timothy P. Craig, Peter W.... Ecological Communities - Plant Mediation in Indirect Interaction Webs (Hardcover)
Takayuki Ohgushi, Timothy P. Craig, Peter W. Price
R3,139 Discovery Miles 31 390 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

To gain a more complete understanding of plant-based ecological community structure requires knowledge of the integration of direct and indirect effects in plant herbivore systems. Trait modification of plants as a result of herbivory is very common and widespread in terrestrial plants, and this initiates indirect interactions between organisms that utilise the same host plant. This book argues that food webs by themselves are inadequate models for understanding ecological communities, because they ignore important indirect, nontrophic links. This subject is of great importance in understanding not only community organisation but also in identifying the underlying mechanisms of maintenance of biodiversity in nature. This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students interested in community and population ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, botany and entomology.

Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns (Paperback): Peter W. Price Macroevolutionary Theory on Macroecological Patterns (Paperback)
Peter W. Price
R1,596 Discovery Miles 15 960 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This study of distribution, abundance and population size variation in animals (formerly regarded as pure ecological subjects) is presented in an evolutionary framework. Arguing that evolved characters of organisms such as morphology, behavior and life history influence their ecological relationships, this new conceptual framework is broadly relevant to ecologists, evolutionary biologists, behavioral scientists and entomologists.

Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Electronic book text): Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D.... Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Electronic book text)
Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D. Eubanks, Deborah L. Finke, Ian Kaplan
R4,882 Discovery Miles 48 820 Special order

Combining breadth of coverage with detail, this logical and cohesive introduction to insect ecology couples concepts with a broad range of examples and practical applications. It explores cutting-edge topics in the field, drawing on and highlighting the links between theory and the latest empirical studies. The sections are structured around a series of key topics, including behavioral ecology; species interactions; population ecology; food webs, communities and ecosystems; and broad patterns in nature. Chapters progress logically from the small scale to the large; from individual species through to species interactions, populations and communities. Application sections at the end of each chapter outline the practicality of ecological concepts and show how ecological information and concepts can be useful in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Each chapter ends with a summary, providing a brief recap, followed by a set of questions and discussion topics designed to encourage independent and creative thinking.

Population Dynamics - New Approaches and Synthesis (Hardcover): Naomi Cappuccino, Peter W. Price Population Dynamics - New Approaches and Synthesis (Hardcover)
Naomi Cappuccino, Peter W. Price
R1,183 Discovery Miles 11 830 Special order

An understanding of the dynamics of populations is critically important to ecologists, evolutionary biologists, wildlife managers, foresters, and many other biologists. This edited treatise will bring together the latest research on how populations fluctuate in size, the factors that drive these changes, and the theories that explain how populations are regulated. Specific chapters dealing with insects of special economic importance are included.

Insect Ecology (Hardcover, 3rd Edition): Peter W. Price Insect Ecology (Hardcover, 3rd Edition)
Peter W. Price
R6,518 Discovery Miles 65 180 Special order

Insect Ecology is the world's foremost reference to the never-ending and crucial interactions of the richest taxon of organisms on this earth, with perhaps some 8 million extant species. Now in its Third Edition and twentieth year of publication, Insect Ecology has endured as an unparalleled classic.

Taking the reader from an explanation of the science to its significance as a discipline, Insect Ecology is a meticulous, systematic examination of the underlying dynamics of plant-insect interactions, predation, parasites and hosts, and mutualistic relationships, including pollination ecology, that are central to understanding the insects' role in nature. Viewing the largely invisible drama of natural protagonists and antagonists, hidden in the lush foliage of a tropical rain forest or temperate woody vegetation, Peter Price details the unique traits, behaviors, and functions of insects, while placing them in the broader contexts of their places in food webs, ecosystem function, population dynamics, and community interactions.

The author also describes the various levels of insect interaction, from trophic relationships (Part II), populations (Part III), and communities (Part IV), while unfolding the infinite variety of insect species and their visible legacy in the fossil record. Full of fascinating details ("Ants are everywhere, but only occasionally noticed. They run much of the terrestrial world as the premier soil turners." "[Insect] galls provide tanning acids and the basis for inks."), Insect Ecology offers detail and breadth, while providing timely discussion on the conservation of biodiversity, the existence and study of vacant ecological niches, latitudinal gradients in species richness, and evolutionary perspectives on population dynamics. The book also examines the development of theory in insect ecology and how it is advanced.

Novel features in the Third Edition include four new chapters, covering the importance of insect ecology, the development of theory in the science, hypotheses on plant and herbivore interactions, and a synthesis chapter on population dynamics. Subheadings within chapters provide easier subject access, and many new figures contribute to the book's aesthetic appeal.

Clearly organized and with a bibliography of 2,000 references to up-to-date and classic literature, the Third Edition of Insect Ecology is a practical, well-formatted resource. Also copiously illustrated with over 350 figures, many new to this edition, Insect Ecology is a lush graphic tour of the minute, often startling universe of insects in their native habitat. With a history in geologic time much older than the terrestrial vertebrates, insects speak to us—the scarab beetle encased in amber, or New Zealand's endangered large Wellington speargrass weevil—of a resilience and ingenuity oddly reflective of our own. Insect Ecology has let generations of agriculturalists, ecologists, entomologists, environmental scientists, foresters, professionals, and students understand the insects' world, and ours.

With unerring detail and breadth, Insect Ecology has described for generations of professionals the interactions and dynamics of the world's richest group of species—the insects—whose wildly various 8 million forms have been the source of endless fascination and study. From caterpillars to the goliath beetle, from the adult copper butterfly to the agromyzid fly, the insect universe is at once ordinary and exotic, capturing, in microcosm, nature's complexity and beauty.

Hailed internationally as the most authoritative reference of its kind, Insect Ecology brought systematic organization, involving both breadth and detail of the subject. Moving logically from the dynamics of plant-insect interactions, predation, parasites and hosts, as well as mutualistic relationships, including pollination ecology, the book first examines the themes central to understanding the role of insects in our environment. It describes the various levels of insect interaction, from trophic relationships (Part II), populations (Part III), and communities (Part IV), while unfolding the infinite variety of insect species and their visible legacy in the fossil record. This new edition includes timely discussion on the nature of ecological theory and how it is advanced, the evolutionary perspectives on population dynamics, the existence and study of vacant ecological niches, latitudinal gradients in species richness, and conservation of biodiversity.

An optimally practical and well-formatted resource, the latest edition includes a bibliography of 2,000 references to up-to-date and classic literature. Copiously illustrated with over 350 figures, many new to this edition, Insect Ecology is also a superb visual reference, detailing the immense variety of insects as pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that are an essential part of nature's grand scheme.

Rich with fascinating details ("[Insect] galls provide tanning acids and the basis for inks." "Lice [were] called 'pearls of God' and were a mark of saintliness."), Insect Ecology brilliantly describes the longstanding influence of insects on our artistic, literary, and spiritual lives as well as their continuing role as critical components of communities, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Hardcover, New title): Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D.... Insect Ecology - Behavior, Populations and Communities (Hardcover, New title)
Peter W. Price, Robert F. Denno, Micky D. Eubanks, Deborah L. Finke, Ian Kaplan
R3,690 Discovery Miles 36 900 Special order

Combining breadth of coverage with detail, this logical and cohesive introduction to insect ecology couples concepts with a broad range of examples and practical applications. It explores cutting-edge topics in the field, drawing on and highlighting the links between theory and the latest empirical studies. The sections are structured around a series of key topics, including behavioral ecology; species interactions; population ecology; food webs, communities and ecosystems; and broad patterns in nature. Chapters progress logically from the small scale to the large; from individual species through to species interactions, populations and communities. Application sections at the end of each chapter outline the practicality of ecological concepts and show how ecological information and concepts can be useful in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Each chapter ends with a summary, providing a brief recap, followed by a set of questions and discussion topics designed to encourage independent and creative thinking.

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