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Plant Resistance to Herbivores and Pathogens

Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics

Far from being passive elements in the landscape, plants have developed many sophisticated chemical and mechanical means of deterring organisms that seek to prey on them. This volume draws together research from ecology, evolution, agronomy, and plant pathology to produce an ecological genetics perspective on plant resistance in both natural and agricultural systems. By emphasizing the ecological and evolutionary basis of resistance, the book makes an important contribution to the study of how phytophages and plants coevolve.

Plant Resistance to Herbivores and Pathogens not only reviews the literature pertaining to plant resistance from a number of traditionally separate fields but also examines significant questions that will drive future research. Among the topics explored are selection for resistance in plants and for virulence in phytophages; methods for studying natural variation in plant resistance; the factors that maintain intraspecific variation in resistance; and the ecological consequences of within-population genetic variation for herbivorous insects and fungal pathogens.

"A comprehensive review of the theory and information on a large, rapidly growing, and important subject."—Douglas J. Futuyma, State University of New York, Stony Brook

600 pages | 54 figures, 50 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Biological Sciences: Botany, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology

Table of Contents

Part 1. Analysis and Inheritance of Resistance Variation
Chapters by George G. Kennedy and James D. Barbour; John A. Barrett; Ellen L. Simms and Mark A. Rausher; and Mary R. Berenbaum and Arthur R. Zangerl

Part 2. Evolutionary Responses to Plant Resistance by Herbivores and Pathogens
Chapters by Lawrence Wilhoit; Diana Pilson; Arthur E. Weis; and James Groth and Barbara Christ

Part 3. Population and Community Responses to Plant Resistance

Chapters by Richard Karban; A. Joseph Pollard; Robert S. Fritz; and J. Daniel Hare

Part 4. Evolution of Plant Resistance
Robert J. Marquis; Helen M. Alexander; Matthew A. Parker; Arthur R. Zangeri and Fahkri A. Bazzaz; Ellen L. Simms; and Janis Antonovics


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