© 1988

Dynamics of Forest Insect Populations

Patterns, Causes, Implications

  • Alan A. Berryman

Part of the Population Ecology book series (POPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Alain Roques
    Pages 1-28
  3. Alexander S. Isaev, Yuri N. Baranchikov, Vera S. Malutina
    Pages 29-44
  4. Mark S. McClure
    Pages 45-65
  5. David Wainhouse, Imogen M. Gate
    Pages 67-85
  6. Fred Paul Hain
    Pages 87-109
  7. Neil A. C. Kidd
    Pages 111-128
  8. F. David Morgan, Gary S. Taylor
    Pages 129-140
  9. C. Wayne Berisford
    Pages 141-161
  10. Erkki Haukioja, Seppo Neuvonen, Sinikka Hanhimäki, Pekka Niemelä
    Pages 163-178
  11. Richard R. Mason, Boyd E. Wickman
    Pages 179-209
  12. Broder Bejer
    Pages 211-231
  13. Allan D. Watt, Simon R. Leather
    Pages 243-266
  14. K. S. S. Nair
    Pages 267-289
  15. David A. Barbour
    Pages 291-308
  16. William J. Mattson, Gary A. Simmons, John A. Witter
    Pages 309-330
  17. Werner Baltensweiler, Andreas Fischlin
    Pages 331-351
  18. Michael E. Montgomery, William E. Wallner
    Pages 353-375
  19. Claude Geri
    Pages 377-405

About this book


Insects multiply. Destruction reigns. There is dismay, followed by outcry, and demands to Authority. Authority remembers its experts or appoints some: they ought to know. The experts advise a Cure. The Cure can be almost anything: holy water from Mecca, a Government Commis­ sion, a culture of bacteria, poison, prayers denunciatory or tactful, a new god, a trap, a Pied Piper. The Cures have only one thing in common: with a little patience they always work. They have never been known entirely to fail. Likewise they have never been known to prevent the next outbreak. For the cycle of abundance and scarcity has a rhythm of its own, and the Cures are applied just when the plague of insects is going to abate through its own loss of momentum. -Abridged, with insects in place of voles, from C. Elton, 1924, Voles, Mice and Lemmings, with permission of Oxford University Press This book is an enquiry into the "natural rhythms" of insect abundance in forested ecosystems and into the forces that give rise to these rhythms. Forests form unique environ­ ments for such studies because one can find them growing under relatively natural (pri­ meval) conditions as well as under the domination of human actions. Also, the slow growth and turnover rates of forested ecosystems enable us to investigate insect popula­ tion dynamics in a plant environment that remains relatively constant or changes only slowly, this in contrast to agricultural systems, where change is often drastic and frequent.


ecosystem environment forest growth insects plant

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  • Alan A. Berryman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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