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Recent Trends in Animal Behaviour

Shakunthala Sridhara (Editor) B Nagachaitanya (Editor) Ors. (Editor)

Studies on animal behaviour are vital for several reasons most importantly in connection with conservation, livestock and wildlife management, animal welfare, sustainable use of animal and human resources, and ultimately for better understanding of human behaviour. In its formative stages, behavioural studies were mostly observational till the classical work of Lorenz, Tin Bergen and Frisch catapulted them into Nobel laureates. This had a cascading effect on research on animal behaviour resulting in intense studies in several areas of behaviour mainly information acquisition (Neuroethology) and transfer (communication), ecological aspects (habitat related, foraging strategies, migration, predator-prey interactions, population ecology etc.), socio-biology (parent-filial interactions, co-operation and conflict, grouping and dispersion, social organization etc.) reproductive strategies, evolutionary aspects (kin selection, altruism, life history strategies etc.), physiology (behavioural endocrinology, rhythms, neurobiology) and applied behaviour (conservation, animal welfare, livestock production, wild life management, man animal conflict etc.)

Recent trends in Animal Behaviour is a compendium reflecting contemporary trends in the study of animal behaviour ranging from organization of insect societies to monitoring of tigers. It is a rich source of information on biological rhythms, behavioural ecology, social behaviour, physiology of behaviour, molecular markers in behavioural studies and applied aspects of behaviour. The sheer range of animals studied makes the book a virtual treasure of information on tropical fauna. The animals investigated are: Mites, a wide variety of insects, silkworm, honey bee, Drosophila, wasps, butterflies, domestic chick, jungle fowl, rodents, bats, dogs, monkeys, chimpanzees and tigers, some in laboratory but a majority in their natural habitat making the book an important contribution to animal behaviour studies and a highly useful reference source for students and researchers alike in this field.

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About the authors

Shakunthala Sridhara

Dr. Shakunthala Sridhara after obtaining her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from Banglore University joined a Ford Foundation Project on vertebrate pest management in the University of Agricultural Sciences. Bangalore, India in 1973. Over the past 33 years she has been researching on vertebrate pest management specially the control of rodents in the agricultural context. She has researched extensively on the ecology, population dynamics, food selection and feeding behaviour of rodents, toxicology of rodenticides and adoption of rodent pest management at village level. Her studies on behaviour relevant to management at Village level. Her studies on behaviour relevant to management of avian and mammalian pests are pioneering in the Indian contexts and well acknowledged culminating in adaptable technologies for their management. She has visited and interacted with specialists in the field across America and Europe several times. Keenly interested in animal behaviour studies and its application in pest and wildlife management, biodiversity conservation and ani9mal procedure, she is member of several national and international scientific bodies including the president ship of Ethological Society of (India, Indian representative in the International Council of Ethologists, IUCN species specialist group on rodents etc. At present is Professor and head of vertebrate Biology (Rodent Control) in the University of agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

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B Nagachaitanya

B Nagachaitanya is a biotechnologist with several years of experience in Food Processing Industry, soon after his M.Sc. (Biotech) from Bangalore University.  His research thrusts are: Fermentation, Integrated Pest Management and application of biotechnology in environmental protection.  He has participated in several national scientific meetings and has undergone extensive training in laboratory animal management.  Currently he is engaged in research on the Potential of Phytoestrogens and control of mammalian pests along with Dr. shakunthala Sridhara.

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Bibliographic information

Title Recent Trends in Animal Behaviour
Format Hardcover
Date published: 20.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189422547, 9788189422547
length xxv+346p., Col. & B/w Plates; Maps; Tables; References; Index; 25cm.