This is the fourth volume of a series devoted to providing a comprehensive review of the study of plant-eating insects, covering topics ranging from biochemistry to ecology and evolution. Volume IV examines the status of mutualism, using the fig-insect interaction; phytosterols as important components of adaptive syndromes in herbivorous insects; methods utilized by plant-eating insects to detect compounds that deter feeding, including the various codes and how and why they vary; and the nature and significance of extrafloral nectaries in plants. The book also covers the varied roles of quinolizidines in plants, in addition to reviewing the controversial arena of plant stress and insect performance.
Insect-Plant Interactions, Volume IV, is an important reference work for entomologists, zoologists, ecologists, and other scientists involved in studies with insect-plant interactions.
Table of Contents
1. Seed Predators as Mutualists: Ecology and Evolution of the Fig/Pollinator Interaction
Judith L. Bronstein
2. Plant Sterols and Hostplant Affiliations of Herbivores
Elizabeth A. Bernays
3. Sensory Coding of Feeding Deterrents in Phytophagous Insects
Louis M. Schoonhoven, Walter M. Blaney, and Monique S.J. Simmonds
4. Extrafloral Nectary-Mediated Interactions between Insects and Plants
5. The Role of Quinolizidine Alkaloids in Plant Insect Interactions
6. The Impact of Plant Stress on Herbivore Population Dynamics
Gwendolyn L. Waring and Neil S. Cobb
Dr. Elizabeth Bernays is a biologist turned writer. After growing up in Australia, she received her Ph.D. at the University of London, England, and had a career as an academic entomologist (most recently as a professor in UC Berkeley and then University of Arizona) before obtaining an MFA at the University of Arizona where she is currently a Regents' Professor Emerita. Bernays has published over two hundred scientific papers and books and several popular biology articles, as well as children's books. She has published poems and essays in a variety of literary journals.