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Insect Learning : Ecology and Evolutinary Perspectives - D.R. Papaj

Insect Learning

Ecology and Evolutinary Perspectives

By: D.R. Papaj (Editor), A. C. Lewis (Editor)

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Published: 31st December 1992
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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.

`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

Contributors
Preface
Aversion Learning and Feedingp. 1
Ethological and Comparative Perspectives on Honey Bee Learningp. 18
Learning of Host-Finding Cues by Hymenopterous Parasitoidsp. 51
Functional Organization of Appetitive Learning and Memory in a Generalist Pollinator, the Honey Beep. 79
Merging Mechanism and Adaptation: An Ethological Approach to Learning and Generalizationp. 126
Motivation, Learning, and Motivated Learningp. 158
Choosing Hosts and Mates: The Value of Learningp. 174
Learning and Behavioral Ecology: Incomplete Information and Environmental Predictabilityp. 195
Learning and the Evolution of Resources: Pollinators and Flower Morphologyp. 219
Automatic Behavior and the Evolution of Instinct: Lessons from Learning in Parasitoidsp. 243
Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Understanding Insect Learningp. 273
Application of Learning to Pest Managementp. 308
Cognition in Bees: From Stimulus Reception to Behavioral Changep. 343
Afterword: Learning, Adaptation, and the Lessons of Op. 374
Indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9780412025617
ISBN-10: 0412025612
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 31st December 1992
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.84