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The Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Host-Parasitoid Interactions : Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution - Michael Hassell

The Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Host-Parasitoid Interactions

Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780198540885
Number Of Pages: 208

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This book examines our current understanding of the population dynamics of one kind of interaction - that between insect parasitoids and their hosts. Parasitoids are amongst the most abundant of all animals, and make up about 10 per cent or more of metazoan species. Almost no insect species escape their attack. Host-parasitoid interactions were first modelled over fifty years ago, but for many years there was little good empirical information on the important factors that affect host and parasitoid populations. The models were very simple, and their predictions rather divorced from the complexity of what was visible in the field. Now, better data is available on many components of host-parasitoid systems, from field observations and laboratory and field experiments, and this allows a much closer correspondence between models and data. In particular, the past twenty years have seen major advances in our understanding of how host-parasitoid interactions are influenced by spatial processes, by age-structure effects, and by competition from additional host and parasitoid species. The result is a body of theory that makes direct contact with real systems in the field, and provides us with a detailed understanding of what underpins a whole area of population dynamics. In this book, Michael P Hassell pulls the theory and field data together to present an elegant illustration of the way in which ecological studies advance.

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1: Introduction 2: A Simple Framework 3: Parasitism and Host Density Dependence 4: Heterogeneity in Host-Parasitoid Interactions 5: Continuous Time and Age-Structure 6: Multispecies Host-Parasitoid Systems 7: Metapopulations of Hosts and Parasitoids 8: Epilogue Indexes and Bibliography

ISBN: 9780198540885
ISBN-10: 0198540884
Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.31

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