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Aphid Ecology An optimization approach - A. F. G. Dixon

Aphid Ecology An optimization approach

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780412741807
Number Of Pages: 300

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This work examines the ecology of aphids, some of which are serious pests of agricultural crops and forest trees. It also considers the relationships of aphids with their host plants, natural environments and the physical environment in relation to certain of the features that aphids developed early in their evolutionary history. In particular, the book explains how the modes of feeding and reproduction of aphids have led to a close and specific association with their host plants and affected the size of individuals and their population structure. Influences on life history patterns, dispersal, population dynamics, species diversity and world-wide distribution are also considered. The book should be of interest to specialists and postgraduates in entomology, ecology, animal reproduction, animal behaviour, pest biology and population biology.

Introductionp. 1
Feeding behaviour and food qualityp. 8
Host specificity and speciationp. 27
Sizep. 59
Resource tracking: mechanism - cyclical parthenogenesisp. 82
Resource tracking: mechanism - polyphenismp. 100
Resource tracking in timep. 128
Resource tracking in spacep. 171
Population dynamicsp. 189
Community structure and species diversityp. 221
Epiloguep. 251
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780412741807
ISBN-10: 0412741806
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised