The Biology of Mutualism: Ecology and Evolution

Paperback | February 18, 1988

EditorDouglas H. Boucher

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The view of nature as `red in tooth and claw', as a jungle in which competition and predation are the predominant themes, has long been important in both the scientific and popular literature. However, in the past decade another view has become widespread among ecologists: the idea thatmutualisms--mutually beneficial interactions between species--are just as important as competition and predation. This book is one of the first to explore this theme. Ideas and theories applicable to all sorts of mutualisms are presented and, where appropriate, examined in the light of concretedata. Themes explored include: the organisms involved, both animal and plant; how specializations evolved once mutualisms formed; how mutualisms affect population dynamics and community structure; and the role of mutualisms in different environments. The book will be of special interest toecologists and a wide range of biologists.

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The view of nature as `red in tooth and claw', as a jungle in which competition and predation are the predominant themes, has long been important in both the scientific and popular literature. However, in the past decade another view has become widespread among ecologists: the idea thatmutualisms--mutually beneficial interactions bet...

Douglas H. Boucher is a Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Quebec.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:February 18, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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List of ContributorsPreface1. Douglas H. Boucher: The Idea of Mutualism, Past and Future2. D.H. Lewis: Symbiosis and Mutualism: Crips Concepts and Soggy Semantics3. D.H. Janzen: The Natural History of Mutualism4. Kathleen H. Keeler: Cost: Benefit Models of Mutualism5. Alan R. Templeton and Lawrence E. Gilbert: Population Genetics and the Coevolution of Mutualism6. Richard Law: Evolution in a Mutualistic Environment7. Clayton B. Cook: Equilibrium Populations and Long-term Stability of Mutualistic Algae and Invertebrate Hosts8. Jorge Soberon Mainero and Carlos Martinez del Rio: Cheating and taking Advantage in Mutualistic Associations9. John Addicott: Competition in Mutualistic Systems10. Carole L. Wolin: The Population Dynamics of Mutualistic Systems11. Antony M. Dean: The Dynamics of Microbial Commensalisms and Mutualisms12. W.M. Post: Mutualism, Limited Competition and Positive Feedback13. John Vandermer et al: Indirect Facilitation and Mutualism14. Patricia A. Lane: A Food Web Approach to Mutualism in Lake Communities15. Douglas H. Boucher: Mutualism in AgricultureIndex

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"A useful book that illustrates the diversity of questions and approaches that are developing in the study of mutualism." --American Scientist