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The Evolutionary Ecology of Ant-Plant Mutualisms (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)

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Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: They disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators. In this book Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. Mutualisms involving single pairs of species are the exception rather than the rule; usually arrays of ant species interact with arrays of plant species. Variation generated by this complexity results in variation in the function and the effectiveness of the mutualism. The result is that at any given time and place some or all of the interacting species may experience full, intermediate, or episodic benefits, or no benefits at all. This highly dynamic picture is unlikely to be confined to ant-plant mutualisms, but rather may be representative of a host of other kinds of species interactions. This important work is the first broad and thorough treatment of the subject of ant-plant mutualisms. Its natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.

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In this book Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them.

Synopsis:

Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators. In this book, initially published in 1985, Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. This important work explores the natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature of the time will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.

Synopsis:

This important work is the first broad and thorough treatment of the subject of ant-plant mutualisms.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Origins and early evolution of ant-plant mutualisms; 3. Plant protection by direct interaction; 4. Plant protection by indirect interaction; 5. Myrmecotrophy; 6. The dispersal of seeds and fruits by ants; 7. Ant pollination; 8. Food rewards for ant mutualists; 9. Variation and evolution of ant-plant mutualisms; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521272728
Author:
Beattie, Andrew J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Editor:
Birks, H. J. B.
Editor:
Wiens, J. A.
Author:
Birks, H. J. B.
Author:
Wiens, J. A.
Author:
Beattie, Andrew James
Location:
Cambridge Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Ants
Subject:
Insects
Subject:
Plant ecology
Subject:
Insect-plant relationships
Subject:
Plants -- Evolution.
Subject:
Insects -- Evolution.
Subject:
Ants -- Ecology.
Subject:
Ants -- Evolution.
Subject:
Insects -- Ecology.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Biology-Entomology and General Invertebrates
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 146-175.
Series:
Cambridge studies in ecology ;
Series Volume:
v. 17
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
194
Dimensions:
6.00x9.02x.45 in. .64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this book Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them.
"Synopsis" by , Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators. In this book, initially published in 1985, Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. This important work explores the natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature of the time will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.
"Synopsis" by , This important work is the first broad and thorough treatment of the subject of ant-plant mutualisms.
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