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Functional Dynamics of Phytophagous Insects

T N Ananthakrishnan (Editor)
Synopsis Functional dynamics of insects relate to diverse aspects of host plant selection behaviour emphasizing the role of sensory physiology, biochemical attributes and energetics in the regulation of feeding and reproduction. The ability of phytophagous insects to perceive numerous chemical compounds in plants through a highly developed chemosensory system appreciably influences the choice of the food plant. Versatility is an essential prerequisite in insects to complete all the normal sequence of events in the host selection process, involving colonization, fecundity, growth and population build-up. All the same, plants co-evolving with their insect pests tend to acquire a certain degree of resistance to enable their survival. Insects being endowed with the capacity to adapt themselves and respond to finely tuned and broadly tuned systems, selection of potential hosts is decided by a balance between the physiological and chemical stimuli, so that recognition and preference of host plants involve integration of complex neural and metabolic events. Diverse facets of functional dynamics from phytochemicals as messengers altering behaviour through energetics and resource allocation to mutualistic interactions between host plants and third trophic levels are discussed.
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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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Title Functional Dynamics of Phytophagous Insects
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length viii+304p., Figures; Tables.