Insect Learning: Ecology and Evolutinary Perspectives

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Daniel R. Papaj, Alcinda C. Lewis
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 398 pages
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Insect Learning is a comprehensive review of a new field. Until recently, insects were viewed as rigidly programmed automatons; now, however, it is recognized that they can learn and that their behavior is plastic. This fundamental change in viewpoint is causing a re-examination of all aspects of the relationship between insects and their environment. This change in perspective is occurring at a time of heightened interest in brain function in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Insects potentially play a major role in this expanding area. Because of their experimental tractability and genetic diversity, they provide unique opportunities for testing hypotheses on the ecology and evolution of learning. As organisms of economic importance, they are perennial objects of research by both basic and applied scientists.
Insect Learning covers both social and non-social insects from multiple perspectives. The book covers mechanisms; syntheses of work on physiology, behavior, and ecology; and micro- and macroevolution. The concluding section discusses future directions for research, including applications to pest management.
 

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Contents

Ethological and Comparative Perspectives on Honey
18
Learning of HostFinding Cues by Hymenopterous Parasitoids
51
Functional Organization of Appetitive Learning and Memory
79
An Ethological
126
Motivation Learning and Motivated Learning
158
The Value of Learning
174
Incomplete Information
195
Pollinators
219
Lessons
243
Comparative and Experimental Approaches
273
Application of Learning to Pest Management
308
From Stimulus Reception
343
Learning Adaptation and the Lessons of O
374
Index
387
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