Insect-Plant Biology “Half of all insect species are dependent on living plant tissues… “


 

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Insect-Plant Biology

Insect-Plant Biology

Half of all insect species are dependent on living plant tissues, consuming about 10% of plant annual production in natural habitats and an even greater percentage in agricultural systems, despite sophisticated control measures. Plants possess defences that are effective against almost all herbivorous insect species. Host-plant specialization, observed in over 80% of these animals, appears to be an effective adaptation to breach these defence systems.

Second Edition

Louis M. SchoonhovenJoop J. A. van Loon, and Marcel Dicke

  • The only up-to-date synthesis of this rapidly expanding field
  • Incorporates new insights from molecular techniques
  • Specific attention is given to methodology and experimental design
  • Extensive referencing is made to agricultural applications, providing a scientific rationale for insect control in crop plants

New to this Edition:

  • Incorporates new developments in the field especially resulting from advances in molecular plant and insect biology, and a more integrative view on the field which has become possible due to recent discoveries and new insights
  • 30% of the text has been completely rewritten with 25% of the literature references dating from 1999-2005
  • 15% of the illustrations are new

 

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