Insects in a Changing Environment

Insects in a Changing Environment

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Environmental change has been seen as an increasingly focused area for ecological study and one for which insect populations can act as a sensitive indicator. This latest volume in the "RESL Symposium Series" offers papers focusing on change in climate, pollution and atmosphere, and land use, and their impact on insect populations and distribution.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 34mm | 921g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Illustrationssome col.), maps(some col.)
  • 0123264308
  • 9780123264305

Table of contents

Introduction: the response of insects to environmental change, J.H. Lawton. Part 1 Changes in climate: the effects of quaternary climatic changes on insect populations - lessons from the past, G.R Coope; the Hadley Centre transient climate experiment, D.A. Bennetts; predicting insect distribution in a change climate, R.W. Sutherst et al; the effects of climate change on the agricultural environment for crop insect pests with particular reference to the European corn borer and grain maize, J. Porter; aphids in a changing climate, R. Harrington et al; the effects of climatic and land use changes on the insect vectors of human disease, J. Lines; remote sensing and the changing distribution of tsetse flies in Africa, D. Rogers. Part 2 Changes in gas and pollutant levels: the impact of elevated atmospheric CO2 on insect herbivores, A.D. Watt et al; insect herbivores and gaseous air pollutants - current knowledge and predictions, V.C Brown; deficiency and excess of non-essential metals in terrestrial insects, S.P. Hopkin; chironomidae as indicators of water quality with a comparison of the chironomid faunas of a series of contrasting Cumbrian tarns, L.C.V. Pinder and D.J. Morley. Part 3 Changes in land use: southern hemisphere insects - their variety and the environmental pressures upon them, M. Samways; species extinctions in insects - ecological and biogeographical considerations, N.A. Mawdsley and N.E. Stork; a world of change - land use patterns and arthropod communities, M.B. Usher; insects as indicators of land use change - a European perspective - focusing on moths and ground beetles, M.L. Luff and I.P. Woiwod. Part 4 Short communications: the response of Chironomidae (Diptera) faunae to climate change, S.J. Brooks; global-warming, population dynamics and community structure in a model insect assemblage, A.J. Davis et al; gaseous air pollutants - can we identify critical loads for insects?, G.R. Port et al; effects of changing land use on Eucalypt dieback in Australia in relation to insect phytophagy and tree reestablishment, R.A. Farrow and R.B. Floyd; modelling the population of "Hydrotaca irritans" using a cohort-based system, J.D. Austin and J.E. Hillerton; effects of ivermectin residues in cattle dung on dung insect communities under extensive farming conditions in South Africa, C.H. Scholtz and K. Kruger; monitoring the response of tropical insects to change in the environment - troubles with termites, P. Eggleton and D.E. Bignell; potential use of suction trap collections of aphids as indicators of plant biodiversity, S.E. Halbert et al; shifts in the flight periods of British aphids - a response to climate warming?, R.A. Fleming and G.M. Tatchell; potential changes in spatial distribution of outbreaks of forest defoliators under climate change, D.W. Williams and A.M. Liebhold.
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Review quote

"The Royal Entomological Society and the editors are to be congratulated on the volume... Many of the chapters provide an exciting read and an introduction to the background, ongoing and future research in the field."--Valerie K. Brown in BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH
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