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"This monograph, a set of 2 volumes places greater emphasis on the biology, behavior, and evolution of the gall-inducing arthropod and of associated organisms; the dynamics of the host-plant response remain in the background. The book deals with the biology and ecology of Acarines, Hemipteroids, Coleopteroids and Hymenopteroids. It also includes chapters on the biology, ecology, and evolution of several minor or less-known groups of gall inducers. A special effort has been made to incorporate extensive chapters on gall-inducing Coleoptera, chloropids, and chalcidoids including the braconids and fig wasps. Chapters on whiteflies and dipteran leafminers should broaden our understanding of the galling habit in other groups of arthropods. In addition to the biological and ecological information on these arthropods, each chapter also provides information on their evolution, in most instances, viewed against the evolution of their host plants. This book will be relevant and useful to scientists working in the fields of entomology, acarology, and nematology studying gall-inducing organisms; ecologists using plant-feeding arthropods and nematodes as their model systems and studying complex community interactions; physiologists studying arthropod or nematode nutrition and reproduction; plant morphologists studying abnormal growths; plant physiologists working on the nutrient transport mechanisms; plant developmental biologists studying the mechanisms by which plant structures are formed; biologists studying biological control of weeds and pest arthropods; and evolutionary biologists studying the principles of herbivory and the evolution of phytophagous arthropods and their host plants. Agricultural and forest entomologists will find the nutritional and reproductive behaviors discussed in this book useful in designing management practices."
Number Of Pages: 780
Published: 2nd January 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 16.3 x 5.0
Weight (kg): 1.93
Edition Number: 1