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Insect Conservation and Australia’s Grasslands

Authors: New, Tim R.

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  • First global overview that brings grassland insect ecology in Australia into a practical synthesis that facilitates their conservation
  • Demonstrates the wide variety of threats and needs for grassland insects worldwide, and how understanding of necessary management  for their conservation is  increasing
  • Broad synthesis  and discussion of examples, as well as of practical difficulties of accomplishing insect conservation in a climate of intensifying land use needs from urban conversion  and agricultural industry  
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Australia’s varied grasslands have suffered massive losses and changes since European settlement, and those changes continue under increasingly intensive human pressures for development and agricultural production. The values of native grasslands for conservation of endemic native biodiversity, both flora and fauna, have led to strong interests in the protection of remaining fragments, especially near urban centres, and documentation of the insects and other inhabitants of grasslands spanning tropical to cool temperate parts of the country. Attention to conservation of grassland insects in Australia is relatively recent, but it is increasingly apparent that grasslands harbour many localised and ecologically specialised endemic species.  Their conservation necessarily advances from very incomplete documentation, and draws heavily on lessons from the far better-documented grasslands elsewhere, most notably in the northern hemisphere, and undertaken over far longer periods. From those cases, and the extensive background to grassland management to harmonise conservation with production and amenity values through honing use of processes such as grazing, mowing and fire, the needs and priorities for Australia can become clearer, together with needs for grassland restoration at a variety of scales.

This book is a broad overview of conservation needs of grassland insects in Australia, drawing on the background provided elsewhere in the world on the responses to disturbances, and the  ecological importance, of some key insect groups (notably Orthoptera, Hemiptera and Lepidoptera) to suggest how insect conservation in native, pastoral and urban grasslands may be advanced.  The substantial references given for each chapter facilitate entry for non-entomologist grassland managers and stewards to appreciate the diversity and importance of Australia’s grassland insects, their vulnerabilities to changes, and the possibilities for conserving them and the wider ecological roles in which they participate. 

About the authors

Emeritus Professor Tim New is an entomologist with broad interests in insect systematics, ecology and conservation. For long based at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, he has traveled widely to collect and study insects in many parts of the world, and his extensive publications on these topics include about 45 books. He is recognized globally as one of the leading advocates for insect conservation.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook £95.50
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Hardcover £119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22779-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insect Conservation and Australia’s Grasslands
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22780-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22780-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22779-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 272
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations
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