Ecological Studies

Insects and Ecosystem Function

Editors: Weisser, W.W., Siemann, Evan (Eds.)

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In the past two decades, an increasing number of ecologists have started to investigate the importance of biodiversity for ecological processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycling, often referred to as 'ecosystem functioning'. Insects are a dominant component of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and play a key role in mediating the relationship between plants and ecosystem processes. This volume is the first to summarize their effects on ecosystem functioning, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on herbivorous insects. Renowned authors with extensive experience in the field of plant-insect interactions, contribute to the volume using examples from their own work. In addition to providing concise reviews of the field, this volume discusses in detail the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques of manipulating insect herbivory. Thus, the text provides both a theoretical basis as well as practical advice for future manipulative studies of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning.

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"The authors of this book have identified an important and novel area of research … . I would recommend this book for students and researchers who wish to be introduced to the current research and future ideas regarding above and below ground insect herbivory, and the effect on plant community ecology, plant productivity and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems." (Riccardo Bommmarco, Basic and Applied Ecology, Issue 8, 2007)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Various Effects of Insects on Ecosystem Functioning

    Weisser, W. W. (et al.)

    Pages 3-24

  • Insect Herbivores, Nutrient Cycling and Plant Productivity

    Hartley, S. E. (et al.)

    Pages 27-52

  • Indirect Effects of Invertebrate Herbivory on the Decomposer Subsystem

    Wardle, D. A. (et al.)

    Pages 53-69

  • Biotic Interactions in the Rhizosphere: Effects on Plant Growth and Herbivore Development

    Bonkowski, M. (et al.)

    Pages 71-91

  • Belowground Herbivores and Ecosystem Processes

    Masters, G. J.

    Pages 93-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insects and Ecosystem Function
Editors
  • W.W. Weisser
  • Evan Siemann
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
173
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-74004-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-74004-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-21672-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-74003-2
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 415
Topics