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Interrelationship Between Insects and Plants

1st Edition

By Pierre Jolivet

CRC Press

336 pages

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Hardback: 9781574440522
pub: 1998-05-27
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One of the world's most insightful writers on the subject brings together an array of important and readable information on the ways in which insects and plants coexist in nature. Interrelationship Between Insects and Plants is a rare and expansive look at the intertwining of these two vastly different species. Its aim is to summarize in a simple and understandable way the basis of food selection among insects, and to review the various sides of their relationships with plants.

Table of Contents

A Brief and Simple Review of Plant and Arthropod Relationships

Sap Suckers

Fruit Eaters

Nectar Eaters

Pollen and Spore Eaters

Floral Feeding


Carnivory in Phytophagous Insects

Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods of the Geological Past

The Fossil Record

The Plant Kingdom

Plant-Feeding Insects and Arthropods in the Past

The Insects and the Plants in the Past

Life in Amber

Fossil Evidence of Herbivory



Galls and Domatia

Paleomimetism, Homochromy, and Aposematism

An Early 20th Century Classification of Food Plant Selection Among Phytophagous Insects.

The Botanical Sense

Botanical Selection and Bridge Species






The Old Clichés


Plant Resistance to Insects

Relationships Between Insects and Fungi

Parasitic and Saprophytic Fungi

Ectoparasitic Fungi: Laboulbeniales, Endoparasitic Fungi: Trichomycetes or Eccrinids

Special Insect and Fungi Relationships: Cecidomyiids, Ants, Coleoptera, Termites

Physiology of Food Selection

How it Works

Mechanical or Physical Selection

Selection of Feeding Sites

Visual Selection. Chemical Selection (Odor and Taste)

Talking Trees

Carnivorous and Protocarnivorous Plants

Carnivorous Plants

Protocarnivorous Plants

Plants on the Way to Carnivory


Conclusions on Carnivorous Plants

Myrmecophilous Plants or Ant-Plants

American, Asian, and African Plants

Theories of Myrmecophily

Acarophytes or Mite Plants

Seed Eating and Seed Dispersal by Ants

Ant Gardens Seed Dispersal by Insects Other than Ants

A Rare Plant-Insect Relationship: The Epizoic Symbiosis

The Galls and Mines

Insect Mimicry and Homochromy in Relation to Plants

Natural Weed Control in the Holartic and Tropics, Using Phytophagous Insects.


Coevolution or Not Between Insects and Plants, the Paradigm of Coevolution

A General Review of Insect-Plant Relationships

Some Thoughts About Learning

The Canopy




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General