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Author Stadler, Bernhard.

Title Mutualism : ants and their insect partners / Bernhard Stadler, Anthony F.G. Dixon
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 219 pages) : illustrations
Contents The scope of the problem -- Historical perspective -- Theories on mutualism -- Mutualisms between ants and their partners -- A special case: aphids and ants -- Multitrophic-level interactions -- Prospects and conclusions
Summary A mutualism is an interaction between individuals of two different species of organism in which both benefit from the association. With a focus on mutualisms between ants and aphids, coccids, membracids and lycaenids, this volume provides a detailed account of the many different facets of mutualisms. Mutualistic interactions not only affect the two partners, but can also have consequences for higher levels of organization. By linking theory to case studies, the authors present an integrated account of processes and patterns of mutualistic interactions at different levels of organisation, from individuals to communities to ecosystems. Interactions between ants and their insect partners and their outcomes are explained from a resource-based, cost-benefit perspective. Covering a fascinating and growing subject in modern ecology, this book will be of interest to community and evolutionary ecologists and entomologists, at both research and graduate student level
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ants -- Ecology.
Mutualism (Biology)
Mutualism (Biology) -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Dixon, A. F. G. (Anthony Frederick George)
LC no. 2008274876
ISBN 0511395019 (electronic bk.)
0511542178 (electronic bk.)
9780511395017 (electronic bk.)
9780511542176 (electronic bk.)