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Forest Litter Insect Communities: Biology and Chemical Ecology

T N Ananthakrishnan (Editor)
Synopsis This work aims at a synthesis of available knowledge of litter ecosystem in tropical forests, from the viewpoint of the sustainability of entomological resources at various levels, laying stress on their biological diversity with emphasis on their functional diversity. At a time when we are losing natural forests at a fast rate through conversion of forest into cultivated land, the thoughts of dwindling biodiversity through lack of litter become predominant. Of equal relevance is the conversion of natural forest into monoculture plantations such as teak, reducing litter diversity and consequently species diversity. Information presented in this volume which highlights aspects of decomposition of litter and mineral cycling, lays emphasis on the biodiversity of biotic elements involving: (a) microbial-faunal interactions, (b) bioecology of diverse faunal elements, and (c) predator dynamics. Each of these aspects refer not only to monoculture and natural forest litter, but also to the degree of diversity at various altitudes in relation to the quality of litter resource. Trophic systems in forest litter communities have also been discussed, so that emphasis is made on community structure in litter ecosystems. Chemical ecological studies of litter involving primary and secondary metabolites as well as leaf volatiles now known to play an important role in the structure of litter communities, have been discussed at length.
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About the author

T N Ananthakrishnan

Prof. T.N.Ananthakrishna was Director of the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata and Director of the Entomological research Institute, Chennai and earlier as Professor of Zoology His wide research experience spans over 55 years and his contributors to sevarl areas of Entomology and General Ecology are well known. He has more than 400 publications including over 25 books. He has been a recipient of several national awards such as: the Kidwai Award of ICAR, the Pitamber Pant Award of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the K.C. Mehta Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Sundarlal Hora Medal of the Indian National Science Academy and the J.C. Bose Award of the Indian Science Congress. He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and fellow of the national Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

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Bibliographic information

Title Forest Litter Insect Communities: Biology and Chemical Ecology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8120410440
length 174p., Figures.