Insect Learning

Ecology and Evolutinary Perspectives

Editors: Papaj, Daniel R., Lewis, Alcinda C. (Eds.)

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Insect Learning is a comprehensive review of a new field. Until recently, insects were viewed as rigidly programmed automatons; now, however, it is recognized that they can learn and that their behavior is plastic. This fundamental change in viewpoint is causing a re-examination of all aspects of the relationship between insects and their environment. This change in perspective is occurring at a time of heightened interest in brain function in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Insects potentially play a major role in this expanding area. Because of their experimental tractability and genetic diversity, they provide unique opportunities for testing hypotheses on the ecology and evolution of learning. As organisms of economic importance, they are perennial objects of research by both basic and applied scientists.
Insect Learning covers both social and non-social insects from multiple perspectives. The book covers mechanisms; syntheses of work on physiology, behavior, and ecology; and micro- and macroevolution. The concluding section discusses future directions for research, including applications to pest management.

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`Insect Learning is a collection of papers providing an extensive and indepth look at the functional ecology of insect learning. On the whole this book is a good balance of theory, models and empirical results which underline the significance of various types, and aspects of learning in insect decision-making. ... an original product that will undoubtedly stimulate fruitful discussion and create further avenues of research.... I recommend Insect Learning. It is a most stimulating book and a key reference. In my estimation it has no rival.'
Bulletin of Entomological Research
`This book reviews a broad range of ecological and evolutionary problems in insect learning, usually in the context of new data and original models.'
Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology
`We can expect to see much progress in this field over the coming decade, and this book points the way.'
Ecology
`The excellent chapter by Rosenheim should be required reading for all who work in the area of insect learning... this book is a welcome addition to the literature on insect behaviour ...a well-organized and generally well-written book that should be read by anyone interested in insect behavior.'
Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Aversion Learning and Feeding

    Pages 1-17

    Bernays, Elizabeth A.

  • Ethological and Comparative Perspectives on Honey Bee Learning

    Pages 18-50

    Gould, James L.

  • Learning of Host-Finding Cues by Hymenopterous Parasitoids

    Pages 51-78

    Turlings, Ted C. L. (et al.)

  • Functional Organization of Appetitive Learning and Memory in a Generalist Pollinator, the Honey Bee

    Pages 79-125

    Menzel, Randolf (et al.)

  • Merging Mechanism and Adaptation: An Ethological Approach to Learning and Generalization

    Pages 126-157

    Smith, Brian H.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insect Learning
Book Subtitle
Ecology and Evolutinary Perspectives
Editors
  • Daniel R. Papaj
  • Alcinda C. Lewis
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Routledge, Chapman & Hall Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-2814-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-2814-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-412-02561-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-6216-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 398
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