Ecological Studies

Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants

A Case Study on Atta colombica in the Tropical Rainforest of Panama

Authors: Wirth, R., Herz, H., Ryel, R.J., Beyschlag, W., Hölldobler, B.

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About this book

Plant-animal interactions have become a focus of ecological research, with the processes of herbivory being of special interest. This volume examines the interactions of leaf-cutting ants with the rainforest vegetation on Barro Colorado Islands in Central America. It is the synthesis of field research on multiple scales extending over a period of several years. This work can serve as a model study summarizing and extending knowledge about herbivorous insect-plant relationships, and the resulting consequences on structural and functional features of tropical ecosystems. The text is an invaluable reference for researchers and land managers working in the fields of plant-animal interactions, herbivory, community ecology and biodiversity.

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"... an impressive account of almost a decades work on the ecological importance of leaf-cutting ants. ... a fascinating monograph ... So if you are asked by your librarian this year for a "wish-list of books to buy" then this monograph on the true ecosystem engineers of the tropics should definietly be on it." (Phytocoenologia)

"This volume examines the interactions of leaf-cutting ants with the rainforest vegetation on Barro Colorado Islands in Central America. It is the synthesis of field research on multiple scales extending over a period of several years. This work can serve as a model study summarizing and extending knowledge about herbivorous insect-plant relationships … . The text is an invaluable reference for researchers and land managers working in the fields of plant-animal interactions, herbivory, community ecology and biodiversity." (Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 16 (2), 2004)

"The recently published book by R. Wirth and co-authors is an impressive account of almost a decades’ work on the ecological importance of leaf-cutting ants. … a fascinating monograph and hopefully an incentive for more, intensified research on the ecological impacts on leaf-cutting ants in the future. So if you are asked by your librarian this year for a ‘wish-list of books to buy’ then this monograph on the true ecosystem engineers of the tropics should definitely be on it." (Till Eggers, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 34 (1), 2004)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • About This Book

    Wirth, Rainer (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • The Natural History of Leaf-Cutting Ants

    Wirth, Rainer (et al.)

    Pages 5-48

  • The Study Area — Barro Colorado Island

    Wirth, Rainer (et al.)

    Pages 49-54

  • Species Composition of the Forest

    Wirth, Rainer (et al.)

    Pages 55-59

  • Forest Light Regimes

    Wirth, Rainer (et al.)

    Pages 61-69

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eBook $179.00
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Hardcover $229.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-43896-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $229.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-07865-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants
Book Subtitle
A Case Study on Atta colombica in the Tropical Rainforest of Panama
Authors
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
164
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-05259-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-05259-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-43896-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07865-1
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
68 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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