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Insects and ecosystem function

Author: W W Weisser; E Siemann
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2004.
Series: Ecological studies, v. 173.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the past two decades, an increasing number of ecologists have started to investigate the importance of biodiversity for ecological processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycling, often referred to as 'ecosystem functioning'. Insects are a dominant component of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and play a key role in mediating the relationship between plants and ecosystem processes. This volume is the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W W Weisser; E Siemann
ISBN: 3540216723 9783540216728
OCLC Number: 56383366
Description: 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The various effects of insects on ecosystem functioning / W.W. Weisser and E. Siemann --
Insect herbivores, nutrient cycling and plant productivity / S.E. Hartley and T.H. Jones --
Indirect effects of invertebrate herbivory on the decomposer subsystem / D.A. Wardle and R.D. Bardgett --
Biotic interactions in the rhizosphere : effects on plant growth and herbivore development / M. Bonkowski and S. Scheu --
Belowground herbivores and ecosystem processes / G.J. Masters --
Bottom-up effects and feedbacks in simple and diverse experimental grassland communities / J. Joshi [and others] --
The potential of phytophagous insects in restoring invaded ecosystems : examples from biological weed control / H. Zwölfer and H. Zimmermann --
Plant-insect-pathogen interactions on local and regional scales / A. Kruess [and others] --
Food web interactions and ecosystem processes / A. Janssen and M.W. Sabelis --
A general rule for predicting when insects will have strong top-down effects on plant communities : on the relationship between insect outbreaks and host concentration / W.P. Carson, J. Patrick Cronin and Z.T. Long --
The ecology driving nutrient fluxes in forests / B. Stadler, E. Mühlenberg and B. Michalzik --
Simulating herbivory : problems and possibilities / J. Hjältén --
The use and usefulness of artificial herbivory in plant-herbivore studies / K. Lehtilä and E. Boalt --
From mesocosms to the field : the role and value of cage experiments in understanding top-down effects in ecosystems / O.J. Schmitz --
Reducing herbivory using insecticides / E. Siemann [and others] --
The role of herbivores in exotic plant invasions : insights using a combination of methods to enhance or reduce herbivory / W.E. Rogers and E. Siemann. Herbivore-specific transcriptional responses and their research potential for ecosystem studies / C. Voelckel and I.T. Baldwin --
Testing the role of insects in ecosystem functioning / E. Siemann and W.W. Weisser.
Series Title: Ecological studies, v. 173.
Responsibility: W.W. Weisser, E. Siemann, editors.

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