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Parasitoid Population Biology - Michael E. Hochberg

Parasitoid Population Biology

By: Michael E. Hochberg (Editor), Anthony R. Ives (Editor)

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Published: 27th August 2000
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Extraordinary in the diversity of their lifestyles, insect parasitoids have become extremely important study organisms in the field of population biology, and they are the most frequently used agents in the biological control of insect pests. This book presents the ideas of seventeen international specialists, providing the reader not only with an overview but also with lively discussions of the most salient questions pertaining to the field today and prescriptions for avenues of future research.

After a general introduction, the book divides into three main sections: population dynamics, population diversity, and population applications. The first section covers gaps in our knowledge in parasitoid behavior, parasitoid persistence, and how space and landscape affect dynamics. The contributions on population diversity consider how evolution has molded parasitoid populations and communities. The final section calls for novel approaches toward resolving the enigma of success in biological control and questions why parasitoids have been largely neglected in conservation biology. "Parasitoid Population Biology" will likely be an important influence on research well into the twenty-first century and will provoke discussion amongst parasitoid biologists and population biologists.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Carlos Bernstein, Jacques Brodeur, Jerome Casas, H.C.J. Godfray, Susan Harrison, Alan Hastings, Bradford A. Hawkins, George E. Heimpel, Marcel Holyoak, Nick Mills, Bernard D. Roitberg, Jens Roland, Michael R. Strand, Teja Tscharntke, and Minus van Baalen.

"An excellent edited volume that provides a useful synthesis of knowledge in the field and clear guidance for future research goals. The book is not an exhaustive review of the field, but it is more readable because it is focused on a limited number of specific problems... [It] is concise and coherent enough so that readers will want to read the entire volume."--Timothy P. Craig, Ecology "A useful and interesting book."--Donald H. Feener, Jr.,The Quarterly Review of Biology

Prefacep. xi
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Population Dynamicsp. 15
Host Location and Selection in the Fieldp. 17
Effects of Parasitoid Clutch Size on Host-Parasitoid Population Dynamicp. 27
Host-Parasitoid Models: The Story of a Successful Failurep. 41
A Field Guide to Studying Spatial Pattern Formation in Host-Parasitoid Systemsp. 58
p. 70
Landscape Ecology of Parasitismp. 83
Population Diversityp. 101
The Evolution of Parasitoid Egg Loadp. 103
Host Resistance, Parasitoid Virulence, and Population Dynamicsp. 121
Developmental Traits and Life-History Evolution in Parasitoidsp. 139
Host Specificity and Trophic Relationships of Hyperparasitoidsp. 163
Comparing Parasitoid-Dominated Food Webs with Other Food Webs: Problems and Future Promisesp. 184
Species Coexistence in Parasitoid Communities: Does Competition Matter?p. 198
Population Applicationsp. 215
Biological Control: The Need for Realistic Models and Experimental Approaches to Parasitoid Introductionsp. 217
Parasitoid Populations in the Agricultural Landscapep. 235
Threats, Flies, and Protocol Gaps: Can Evolutionary Ecology Save Biological Control?p. 254
"What, Conserve Parasitoids?"p. 266
Conclusions: Debating Parasitoid Population Biology over the Next Twenty Yearsp. 278
Referencesp. 305
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780691049823
ISBN-10: 0691049823
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.44  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.55