Plant-Provided Food for Carnivorous Insects
A Protective Mutualism and its Applications
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- F. L. Wäckers, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
- P. C. J. van Rijn, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
- J. Bruin, Universiteit van Amsterdam
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Within a carnivore's lifecycle, there is often at least one stage that relies on plant-provided food, e.g., nectar. In fact, carnivore omnivory is far more common than first thought. Contributed by an international team of experts, this book suggests, among other ideas, that presence, or lack of, plant-provided foods for carnivores could determine the success or failure of agricultural ecosystems using Integrated Pest Management systems relying on predators as biological control agents.Read more
- Editors are internationally well known, and the contributors represent a well-balanced, international view
- The chapters bring together the widely scattered literature and place it in a clear and well-structured context
- This is the first comprehensive volume to cover the role of plant-provided food in tritrophic interactions
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"Extremely interesting and well-written...Extensive references and figures are included...Highly recommended."
CHOICE, R.C. Graves, emeritus, Bowling Green State UniversitySee more reviews
"This edited book is the most comprehensive treatment to date on the ecology of plant-carnivore mutualisms.... The editors ... have brought together an impressive group of scientists who have each contributed substantially to our knowledge of plant-carnivore biology.... The chapters are ... well written.... Plant-provided food for carnivorous insects will be an important resources for biologists hoping to contribute to this field."
EcologyMarc T. J. Johnson, University of Toronto
"...an interesting and comprehensive treatment of the plant-carnivore mutualism."
Plant Science Bulletin
"This book is a timely review for entomologists and biological control specialists interested in the evolutionary and ecological importance of omnivorous multitrophic interactions. Its exhaustive literature review could be helpful to graduate students and researchers interested in food-web ecology in both natural and managed systems."
Fabian D. Menalled and Richard G. Smith, Entomological Society of America
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- Date Published: September 2005
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- isbn: 9780511123764
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Table of Contents
1. Food for protection: an introduction F. L. Wäckers and P. C. J. van Rijn
Part I. Food Provision by Plants:
2. Suitability of (extra-) floral nectar, pollen and honeydew as insect food sources F. L. Wäckers
3. Nectar as fuel for plant protectors S. Koptur
4. Fitness consequences of food-for-protection strategies in plants M. W. Sabelis, P. C. J. van Rijn and A. Janssen
Part II. Arthropods Feeding on Plant-Provided Food:
5. Food needs of adult parasitoids: behavioural adaptations and consequences D. M. Olson, K. Takasu and W. J. Lewis
6. Effects of plant feeding on the performance of omnivorous 'predators' M. D. Eubanks and J. D. Styrsky
7. Nectar and pollen feeding by adult herbivorous insects J. Romeis, E. Städler and F. L. Wäckers
Part III. Plant-Provided Food and Biological Control:
8. Impacts of plant-provided food on herbivore-carnivore dynamics P. C. J. van Rijn and M. W. Sabelis
9. Does floral nectar improve biological control by parasitoids? G. E. Heimpel and M. A. Jervis
10. Habitat diversification in biological control: the role of plant resources T. K. Wilkinson and D. A. Landis
11. Providing foods for natural enemies in farming systems: balancing practicalities and theory G. M. Gurr, S. D. Wratten, J. Tylianakis, J. Kean and M. Keller.
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