Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Insects

Paperback | February 13, 2012

byJon F. Harrison, H. Arthur Woods, Stephen P. Roberts

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Insects are the most ecologically important multicellular heterotrophs in terrestrial systems. They play critical roles in ecological food webs, remain devastating agricultural and medical pests, and represent the most diverse group of eukaryotes in terms of species numbers. Their dominantrole among terrestrial heterotrophs arises from a number of key physiological traits, and in particular by the developmental and evolutionary plasticity of these traits. Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Insects presents a current and comprehensive overview of how the key physiological traits of insects respond to environmental variation. It forges conceptual links from molecular biology through organismal function to population and community ecology. Aswith other books in the Series, the emphasis is on the unique physiological characteristics of the insects, but with applications to questions of broad relevance in physiological ecology. As an aid to new researchers on insects, it also includes introductory chapters on the basics and techniques ofinsect physiology ecology.

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Insects are the most ecologically important multicellular heterotrophs in terrestrial systems. They play critical roles in ecological food webs, remain devastating agricultural and medical pests, and represent the most diverse group of eukaryotes in terms of species numbers. Their dominantrole among terrestrial heterotrophs arises from...

Jon Harrison is a Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, where he is also Director of Research Infrastructure and Facilities and is also a Fellow of AAAS. He has been studying the ecological and evolutionary physiology of insects since 1982, earning his PhD from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. His ecophysiological res...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pagesPublished:February 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Basic insect functional anatomy and physiological principles3. Temperature4. Water5. Nutrition, growth, and size6. Oxygen7. Techniques and applications8. Conclusions and future directionsReferencesIndex