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Behavioural Ecology of Insect Parasitoids

From theoretical approaches to field applications

Authors: Eric Wajnberg, Carlos Bernstein, Jacques van Alphen Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2008 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 464 Publication formats: EAN: 9780470695456 ISBN: 9780470695456 Category: Biology, life sciences Mathematics Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -


Written by a team of leading international specialists, Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids examines the optimal behaviors that parasitoids exhibit in order to maximize long term offspring production. It is an essential reference for research scientists and students studying these fascinating insects or for anyone involved in using parasitoids in biological control programs.

  • Reviews topical issues, including cutting edge research on parasitoid decision making and the implications for biological control
  • Explores applications in other fields, provides information on the latest research methods, and includes helpful case studies and statistical tools
  • Creates a deeper understanding of the link between behavioural strategies and host mortality, resulting in more efficient selective pest management programs

“Overall, this is a fascinating volume that provides a significant contribution to the literature on parasitoid insects. It goes a long way toward providing insights into numerous aspects of parasitoid behavior and will stimulate a diversity of future projects, something that should be the goal of any such text. I highly recommend Wajnberg et al. for all of those working on the biology or evolution of parasitoids.” Palaios 2009


  • Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids: From Theoretical Approaches to Field Applications 6
    • Contents 8
    • Contributors 10
    • Preface 17
    • Part 1 Current issues in behavioral ecology of insect parasitoids 20
      • 1 Optimal foraging behavior and efficient biological control methods 22
      • 2 Parasitoid fitness: from a simple idea to an intricate concept 50
      • 3 Parasitoid foraging and oviposition behavior in the field 70
      • 4 Behavior influences whether intra-guild predation disrupts herbivore suppression by parasitoids 90
      • 5 Chemical and behavioral ecology in insect parasitoids: how to behave optimally in a complex odorous environment 111
      • 6 Parasitoid and host nutritional physiology in behavioral ecology 132
      • 7 Food-searching in parasitoids: the dilemma of choosing between ‘immediate’ or future fitness gains 148
      • 8 Information acquisition, information processing, and patch time allocation in insect parasitoids 191
      • 9 Competition and asymmetric wars of attrition in insect parasitoids 212
      • 10 Risk assessment and host exploitation strategies in insect parasitoids 231
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