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Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

Edited by Kelley Tilmon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251328
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933828 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251328.001.0001
Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

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The intimate associations between plants and the insects that eat them have helped define and shape both groups for millions of years. This book provides a treatment of the evolutionary biology of herbivorous insects, including their relationships with host plants and natural enemies. Chapters focus on the dynamic relationships between insects and plants from the standpoint of evolutionary change at different levels of biological organization; individuals, populations, species, and clades. The book examines the evolution of populations and species; co- and macroevolutionary radiation; and evolutionary aspects of pests, invasive species, and the environment. It is unified by the idea that understanding the ecological framework of the interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants is fundamental to understanding their evolution.

Keywords: plants; insects; evolution; species; clades; populations; radiation; evolutionary biology; pests

Book.  360 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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Evolutionary Ecology of Polyphagy in Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

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Phenotypic Plasticity in Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

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Comparative Analyses of Ecological Speciation in Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

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Sympatric Speciation: Norm or Exception? in Specialization, Speciation, and Radiation

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