Species Diversity and Community Structure

Novel Patterns and Processes in Plants, Insects, and Fungi

  • Teiji Sota
  • Hideki Kagata
  • Yoshino Ando
  • Shunsuke Utsumi
  • Takashi Osono

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Biology book series (BRIEFSBIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Teiji Sota, Hideki Kagata, Yoshino Ando, Shunsuke Utsumi, Takashi Osono
    Pages 1-23
  3. Teiji Sota, Hideki Kagata, Yoshino Ando, Shunsuke Utsumi, Takashi Osono
    Pages 25-43
  4. Teiji Sota, Hideki Kagata, Yoshino Ando, Shunsuke Utsumi, Takashi Osono
    Pages 45-61

About this book


This book introduces recent progress in the study of species diversity and community structures in terrestrial organisms conducted by three groups at Kyoto University. First, it explains species diversity and the functioning of fungi in Asian regions as outlined by metagenomic approaches using next-generation sequencing technology. The advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies accelerate the speed of species inventorying, especially for microorganisms. Second, the study of complex interactions between herbivorous insects and plants in the community and ecosystem contexts is presented. Recent studies in community and ecosystem genetics shed light on these complex interactions with novel approaches incorporating genetic perspectives including genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in plant defenses against herbivores. Finally, recent studies on speciation processes in insects are described, processes that are related to the evolution of particular life history strategies. Included is an examination of two hypotheses that may be important in understanding diversification of insect species in heterogeneous environments in space and time. This book is a valuable resource especially for ecologists who are interested in species diversity and community structure.


Biodiversity inventory Ecosystem process Insect-plant interaction Metagenomics Speciation

Authors and affiliations

  • Teiji Sota
    • 1
  • Hideki Kagata
    • 2
  • Yoshino Ando
    • 3
  • Shunsuke Utsumi
    • 4
  • Takashi Osono
    • 5
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science Department of ZoologyKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Center for Ecological ResearchKyoto UniversityOtsuJapan
  3. 3.Center for Ecological ResearchKyoto UniversityOtsuJapan
  4. 4.Field Science Center for Northern BiosphereHokkaido UniversityHorokanaiJapan
  5. 5.Center for Ecological ResearchKyoto UniversityOtsuJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-54260-5
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-54261-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-2179
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-2187
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