Defensive (anti-herbivory) Coloration in Land Plants

Authors: Lev-Yadun, Simcha

  • This is the first and only book focusing on defensive plant coloration (aposematism, camouflage, mimicry and other types of defensive visual signalling and deception demonstrated by 170 colour photos). It illuminates many overlooked aspects of plant evolution and ecology
  • This book is aimed to provoke and stimulate students and scientists of plant-animal interactions to further pursue visual plant defences against herbivores.  Such mechanisms can allow developing greener agricultural practices
  • This book outlines the basics of visual plant defences against herbivorous animals in order to establish this neglected area of plant evolution and ecology as an ordered branch of plant biology
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About this book

This book presents visual plant defenses (camouflage, mimicry and aposematism via coloration, morphology and even movement) against herbivores. It is mainly an ideological monograph, a manifesto representing my current understanding on defensive plant coloration and related issues. The book is not the final word in anything, but rather the beginning of many things. It aims to establish visual anti-herbivory defense as an integral organ of botany, or plant science as it is commonly called today. I think that like in animals, many types of plant coloration can be explained by selection associated with the sensory/cognitive systems of herbivores and predators to reduce herbivory. It is intended to intrigue and stimulate students of botany/plant science and plant/animal interactions for a very long time. This book is tailored to a readership of biologists and naturalists of all kinds and levels, and more specifically for botanists, ecologists, evolutionists and to those interested in plant/animal interactions. It is written from the point of view of a naturalist, ecologist and evolutionary biologist that I hold, considering natural selection as the main although not the only drive for evolution. According to this perspective, factors such as chance, founder effects, genetic drift and various stochastic processes that may and do influence characters found in specific genotypes, are not comparable in their power and influence to the common outcomes of natural selection, especially manifested when very many species belonging to different plant families, with very different and separate evolutionary histories, arrive at the same adaptation, something that characterizes many of the visual patterns and proposed adaptations described and discussed in this book. Many of the discussed visual defensive mechanisms are aimed at operating before the plants are damaged, i.e., to be their first line of defense. In this respect, I think that the name of the book by Ruxton et al. (2004) "Avoiding Attack" is an excellent phrase for the assembly of the best types of defensive tactics. While discussing anti-herbivory, I do remember, study and teach physiological/developmental aspects of some of the discussed coloration patterns, and I am fully aware of the simultaneous and diverse functions of many plant characters in addition to defense.

About the authors

Prof. Simcha Lev-Yadun
Department of Biology and Environment,Faculty of Natural Sciences,University of Haifa- Oranim, Tivon 36006 Israel

Major Research Interests: The beginning of agriculture: The biology and genetics of plant‎‎ domestication.‎
The ecology and evolution of defensive vegetative coloration in plants.‎Developmental processes in plants: meristematic activity and its ecology‎‎ and regulation, fate of apical meristems, homeosis, pattern formation.Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for the biology of trees.‎Biology and ecology of trees and other woody plants.‎Palaeoecology: Dendrochronology, identification of botanical material‎‎ from archaeological excavations, reconstruction of palaeoenvironments.‎

Table of contents (69 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lev-Yadun, Simcha

    Pages 3-6

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  • Plants Are Not Sitting Ducks Waiting for Herbivores to Eat Them

    Lev-Yadun, Simcha

    Pages 7-8

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  • The Many Defensive Mechanisms of Plants

    Lev-Yadun, Simcha

    Pages 9-10

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  • No Defense Is Perfect and Defense Is Always Relative

    Lev-Yadun, Simcha

    Pages 11-11

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  • Operating Under Stress and Fear in the Military as a Lesson Concerning Difficulties for Herbivory in Nature. Factors That Lower the Need for Perfect Defensive Mechanisms Including Mimicry

    Lev-Yadun, Simcha

    Pages 13-14

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Buy this book

eBook 118,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-42096-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Hardcover 155,50 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-42094-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Defensive (anti-herbivory) Coloration in Land Plants
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42096-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42096-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42094-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 385
Number of Illustrations and Tables
169 illustrations in colour
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