Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Editor(s): Robert G. Foottit, Peter H. Adler

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211

About this Book

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society brings together leading scientific experts to assess the impact insects have on humankind and the earth's fragile ecosystems. It examines why insect biodiversity matters and how the rapid evolution of insect species is affecting us all.

Insects and related arthropods make up more than 50 percent of the known animal diversity globally, yet a lack of knowledge about insects is hindering the advance of science and society. This book explores the wide variety in type and number of insect species and their evolutionary relationships. Case studies offer assessments on how insect biodiversity can help meet the needs of a rapidly expanding human population, and also examine the consequences that an increased loss of insect species will have on the world.

The book concludes that a better understanding of the biology and ecology of insects is the only way to sustainably manage ecosystems in an ever changing global environment.

Table of contents

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    1. Chapter 1

      Introduction (pages 1–6)

      Peter H. Adler and Robert G. Foottit

  1. Part I: Insect Biodiversity: Regional Examples

    1. Chapter 7

      Insect Biodiversity in the Palearctic Region (pages 107–162)

      Alexander S. Konstantinov, Boris A. Korotyaev and Mark G. Volkovitsh

  2. Part II: Insect Biodiversity: Taxon Examples

    1. Chapter 9

      Biodiversity of Diptera (pages 185–222)

      Gregory W. Courtney, Thomas Pape, Jeffrey H. Skevington and Bradley J. Sinclair

    2. Chapter 11

      Biodiversity of Coleoptera (pages 265–301)

      Patrice Bouchard, Vasily V. Grebennikov, Andrew B. T. Smith and Hume Douglas

  3. Part III: Insect Biodiversity: Tools and Approaches

    1. Chapter 17

      DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity (pages 417–431)

      Robin M. Floyd, John J. Wilson and Paul D. N. Hebert

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