Ecological Relationships of Plants and Animals

Paperback | January 1, 1985

byHenry F. Howe, Lynn C. Westley

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Over the past two decades, numerous field and experimental studies on the ecology and evolution of animal and plant interactions have been reported by botanists, zoologists, and ecologists. This textbook offers a comprehensive summary of this extensive and widely scattered literature, and inso doing presents the subject as a coherent, accessible discipline. The authors describe familiar areas, such as herbivory and pollination, and discuss new information on subjects such as seed dispersal, the genetics of coevolution, structural and chemical plant defenses, and the implications ofhuman use of animal and plant communities. As they explore these issues, the authors raise provocative questions of fundamental importance: How can an earth teeming with plant-eating animals be so green? Do plants really need animals that pollinate their flowers and disperse their seeds? Whathappens to tropical plant communities when fruit-eating toucans and monkeys are killed by encroaching humans? By drawing together information on many diverse aspects of the subject--and presenting a challenging and insightful look into the complexities of plant and animal inter-relationships--thisunique book represents a vital contribution to the ecological literature.

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Over the past two decades, numerous field and experimental studies on the ecology and evolution of animal and plant interactions have been reported by botanists, zoologists, and ecologists. This textbook offers a comprehensive summary of this extensive and widely scattered literature, and inso doing presents the subject as a coherent,...

Henry F. Howe and Lynn C. Westley are both at the University of Iowa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195063147

ISBN - 13:9780195063141

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Table of Contents

PART I: Evolutionary Ecology1. Adaptation and Natural Selection2. Testing Hypotheses in Evolutionary EcologyPART II: A Green Earth and Its Enemies: Herbivory3. Plant Defense and Animal Offense4. Ecology of Herbivory5. Evolution and HerbivoryPART III: Mutualisms: Uneasy Partnerships6. Mechanics of Mutualism7. Ecology of Mutualism8. Natural Selection and MutualismPART IV: Ancient and Modern Communities9. Ancient Communities10. Plants and Animals in Modern Communities

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"Ecologists who would like to see the literature on plant-animal interactions transformed into a useful reference text will welcome the arrival of Ecological Relationships of Plants and Animals by Henry Howe and Lynn Westley. Their book presents an interesting synthesis of the empiricalresearch on herbivory and three types of plant-animal nonsymbiotic mutualisms. The book's strength is its ecological focus, although it also discusses the evolutionary relationships between plants and animals. . . .a first-rate resource on the ecology of terrestrial plant-animal interactions."--Ecology