Mutualism: Ants and their Insect Partners

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 7, 2008 - Science
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.

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The scope of the problem
Historical perspective
Theories on mutualism
Mutualisms between ants and their partners
aphids and ants
Multitrophiclevel interactions
Prospects and conclusions
Species index
Subject index

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About the author (2008)

Bernhard Stadler is a Research Associate in the Department of Animal Ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Tony Dixon is Emeritus Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, and author of two previous books with Cambridge University Press: Insect Predator-Prey Dynamics (2000), and Insect Herbivore-Host Dynamics (2005).

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