Insects and Ecosystem Function

  • Wolfgang W. Weisser
  • Evan Siemann

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 173)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. W. Weisser, E. Siemann
      Pages 3-24
  3. Insects and the Belowground System

  4. Plant-Insect Interactions and Ecosystem Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. J. Joshi, S. J. Otway, J. Koricheva, A. B. Pfisterer, J. Alphei, B. A. Roy et al.
      Pages 115-135
    3. A. Kruess, S. Eber, S. Kluth, T. Tscharntke
      Pages 155-173
    4. A. Janssen, M. W. Sabelis
      Pages 175-191
    5. B. Stadler, E. Mühlenberg, B. Michalzik
      Pages 213-239
  5. Methods: Reducing, Enhancing and Simulating Insect Herbivory

  6. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. E. Siemann, W. W. Weisser
      Pages 383-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-416

About this book


In the past two decades, an increasing number of ecologists have started to investigate the importance of biodiversity for ecological processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycling, often referred to as 'ecosystem functioning'. Insects are a dominant component of biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and play a key role in mediating the relationship between plants and ecosystem processes. This volume is the first to summarize their effects on ecosystem functioning, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on herbivorous insects. Renowned authors with extensive experience in the field of plant-insect interactions, contribute to the volume using examples from their own work. In addition to providing concise reviews of the field, this volume discusses in detail the advantages and disadvantages of various techniques of manipulating insect herbivory. Thus, the text provides both a theoretical basis as well as practical advice for future manipulative studies of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning.


Biodiversität Herbivorie Nährstoffkreisläufe Wald biodiversity cyclin ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes insect mesocosm nutrient cycling terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems transcription

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang W. Weisser
    • 1
  • Evan Siemann
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of EcologyFriedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — MS 170Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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