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Biotremology: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution

  • Provides new insights into all behavioral aspects of vibrational behavior

  • Complements previous books 'Studying Vibrational Communication' and 'Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior'

  • Offers current methods and techniques as entry for young researchers

Part of the book series: Animal Signals and Communication (ANISIGCOM, volume 8)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Vibrational Behavior in Some Well-Studied Taxa

    1. Vibrational Behaviour in Honeybees

      • Wolfgang H. Kirchner, Felix A. Hager, Kathrin Krausa
      Pages 387-410
    2. Biotremology of Social Wasps: The Next Step to Understand Wasps’ Social Life

      • Rachele Nieri, Alessandro Cini, Marco Valerio Rossi Stacconi, Irene Pepiciello, Valerio Mazzoni, Rita Cervo
      Pages 437-470
    3. Vibratory Sensing and Communication in Caterpillars

      • Jayne E. Yack, Chanchal Yadav
      Pages 471-491
  2. Applied Biotremology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 493-493
    2. Exploitation of Vibration Sensing for Pest Management in Longicorn Beetles

      • Takuma Takanashi, Hiroshi Nishino
      Pages 495-509
    3. Vibrational Communication in Psyllids

      • Sabina Avosani, Richard W. Mankin, Thomas E. S. Sullivan, Jernej Polajnar, David Maxwell Suckling, Valerio Mazzoni
      Pages 529-546
    4. Potential of Biotremology for Monitoring and Control of Stink Bugs

      • Raul Alberto Laumann, Andrej Čokl, Maria Carolina Blassioli Moraes, Aline Moreira Dias, Miguel Borges
      Pages 547-578
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 579-579

About this book

Biotremology is a new and emerging discipline in biological sciences that covers all aspects of behavior associated with substrate-borne mechanical waves. This volume provides state-of-the-art reviews and technical contributions from leading experts and invited younger researchers on topics from signal production and transmission to perception in its ecological context. Reviews about the knowledge of well-studied groups are complemented with perspectives on the study of less-explored groups or contexts. Special attention is given to practical issues in measuring substrate-borne vibrations as well as to applied biotremology. The book appeals to all those interested in communication and vibrational behavior.


  • Acoustic Communication
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Communication
  • Applied Biotremology
  • Bioacoustics
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Seismic Communication
  • Substrate Sound
  • Substrate-Borne Vibrations
  • Surface Waves
  • Vibrational Behavior
  • Vibrational Communication
  • Vibrational Cues
  • Vibration Detection
  • Vibrational Sensory Organs
  • Vibratory Signals
  • Vibrational Signal Recognition

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Biological Science, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, USA

    Peggy S. M. Hill

  • Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige, Italy

    Valerio Mazzoni

  • Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research, National Institute of Biology (NIB), Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Nataša Stritih-Peljhan

  • Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research, National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Meta Virant-Doberlet

  • Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery, Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, Germany

    Andreas Wessel

About the editors

Peggy S. M. Hill studied at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, where she was broadly trained in organismic and environmental biology and specifically trained in community and evolutionary ecology. She taught secondary science for 10 years before returning to the University as an Instructor. She earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in behavioral and physiological ecology, but most importantly began exploring vibrational behavior in molecrickets. Her 2008 book, Vibrational Communication in Animals, helped introduce her to others with interests in what would become the discipline of biotremology and she has supported the biotremology community since then as editor and author. She retired as a Professor of Biological Science in 2018, and continues to write and study as a Professor Emerita of the University of Tulsa.

Valerio Mazzoni is responsible for the Plant Protection research unit in the Research and Innovation Centre of Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trentino, Italy. His research activity involves several aspects of behavioral entomology, with emphasis on insect communication and in particular, biotremology. The characteristics of the communication signals, their transmission through plant tissues and the related insect behavior are investigated in the context of agroecosystems. The goal is to invent and develop innovative methods of pest control through behavioral manipulation, such as the vibrational mating disruption to control leafhoppers. In 2016 and 2018 he was convener of the first two editions of the World Symposium of Biotremology, both organized in Trentino region.

Nataša Stritih-Peljhan received her BS, MS and PhD degrees at the University of Ljubljana, after being broadly trained in most sub-disciplines of biology at the undergraduate level. During her MS and PhD studies, she specialised in neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and sensory evolution, in a tight collaboration with Georg-August University in Göttingen. She works at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana, focusing her research on various aspects of vibrational behaviour and sensory detection of vibration stimuli, using non-hearing cave crickets as a model. She also has experience in chemical ecology, having contributed to research of pheromone communication in various insect groups.

Meta Virant-Doberlet received her PhD from the University of Ljubljana. Having initially trained as an insect neurobiologist at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology in Seewiesen, she is now focusing her research on various aspects of arthropod vibrational communication. She has been a Marie Curie fellow at Cardiff University and is now Head of the Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana, where she uses leafhoppers as a model for studying interactions shaping the evolution of the vibrational communication channel.

Andreas Wessel was trained in evolutionary and behavioral biology at the University of Vienna and Humboldt University Berlin. He currently works in Berlin, Germany, as an independent researcher and is affiliated with the Museum of Natural History as a guest researcher. His research focus is on cave planthoppers as models for vibrational communication as well as adaptation to extreme environments and rapid speciation. Furthermore, he publishes frequently on the history and philosophy of biology, and writes for various newspapers and magazines.

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Buying options

eBook USD 189.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-97419-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)