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Predation

  • Robert J. Taylor

Part of the Population and Community Biology book series (PCB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book

Introduction

When assuming the task of preparing a book such as this, one inevitably wonders why anyone would want to read it. I have always sympathized with Charles Elton's trenchant observation in his 1927 book that 'we have to face the fact that while ecological work is fascinating to do, it is unbearably dull to read about . . . ' And yet several good reasons do exist for producing a small volume on predation. The subject is interesting in its own right; no ecologist can deny that predation is one of the basic processes in the natural world. And the logical roots for much currently published reasoning about predation are remarkably well hidden; if one must do research on the subject, it helps not to be forced to start from first principles. A student facing predator-prey interactions for the first time is confronted with an amazingly diverse and sometimes inaccessible literature, with a ratio of wheat to chaff not exceeding 1: 5. A guide to the perplexed in this field does not exist at present, and I hope the book will serve that function. But apart from these more-or-Iess academic reasons for writing the book, I am forced to it by my conviction that predators are important in the ecological scheme. They playa critical role in the biological control of insects and other pests and are therefore of immediate economic concern.

Keywords

behavior biological dynamics ecological community evolution influence insects population predator predator-prey system reasoning roots structure wheat

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Taylor
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  1. 1.Clemson UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5554-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8951-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5554-7
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