Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology, Part 2

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 2000 - Science - 466 pages
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This is a research-oriented review of the biology of termites. There is a strong emphasis on the gains made from modern technologies and contemporary concepts, for example the molecular and morphological phylogenies, social theory, the culture of fastidious microorganisms, microelectrode probing, natural stable isotope analysis and protein purification. Evolutionary, behavioural and developmental relationships with cockroaches and other social insects are considered in detail, while no fewer than seven chapters address the highly complex and perhaps unconventional mutualisms between termites and Archaea, bacteria, protists and fungi.
  

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Contents

TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY OF TERMITES
1
GLOBAL PATTERNS OF TERMITE DIVERSITY
25
PAEDOMORPHOSIS AND TERMITE EVOLUTION
53
EARLY FOSSIL HISTORY OF THE TERMITES
77
DIVERSITY AND EVOLUTION OF CASTE PATTERNS
95
ARCHITECTURE REGULATION AND DEFENCE
121
BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY OF FORAGING IN TERMITES
141
THEORIES ON THE SOCIALITY OF TERMITES
169
INTRACELLULAR SYMBIOSIS IN TERMITES
261
SYMBIOTIC ASSOCIATIONS WITH PROTISTS
275
SYMBIOSIS WITH FUNGI
289
ENERGY METABOLISM IN THE TERMITE AND ITS GUT MICROBIOTA
307
POPULATION DYNAMICS OF TERMITES
333
TERMITES IN ECOSYSTEMS
363
TERMITES AND SOIL PROPERTIES
389
GLOBAL IMPACT OF TERMITES ON THE CARBON CYCLE AND ATMOSPHERIC TRACE GASES
409

INTRODUCTION TO SYMBIOSIS
189
ECOLOGY OF PROKARYOTIC MICROBES IN THE GUTS OF WOOD AND LITTERFEEDING TERMITES
209
BIOLOGY MICROBIAL ASSOCIATIONS AND DIGESTIVE MECHANISMS
233
TERMITES AS PESTS OF BUILDINGS
437
Index
455
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