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Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Termite Phylogenetics and Co-cladogenesis with Symbionts

    • Nathan Lo, Paul Eggleton
    Pages 27-50
  3. Evolution and Function of Endogenous Termite Cellulases

    • Nathan Lo, Gaku Tokuda, Hirofumi Watanabe
    Pages 51-67
  4. Eusocial Evolution in Termites and Hymenoptera

    • Kenneth J. Howard, Barbara L. Thorne
    Pages 97-132
  5. Social Organisation and the Status of Workers in Termites

    • Yves Roisin, Judith Korb
    Pages 133-164
  6. Ecology, Behavior and Evolution of Disease Resistance in Termites

    • Rebeca B. Rosengaus, James F.A. Traniello, Mark S. Bulmer
    Pages 165-191
  7. Comparative Biology of Fungus Cultivation in Termites and Ants

    • Tânia Nobre, Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre, Duur K. Aanen
    Pages 193-210
  8. Molecular Basis Underlying Caste Differentiation in Termites

    • Toru Miura, Michael E. Scharf
    Pages 211-253
  9. Sexual and Asexual Reproduction in Termites

    • Kenji Matsuura
    Pages 255-277
  10. Pheromones and Chemical Ecology of Dispersal and Foraging in Termites

    • Christian Bordereau, Jacques M. Pasteels
    Pages 279-320
  11. Genetic Structure of Termite Colonies and Populations

    • Edward L. Vargo, Claudia Husseneder
    Pages 321-347
  12. Role of the Termite Gut Microbiota in Symbiotic Digestion

    • Andreas Brune, Moriya Ohkuma
    Pages 439-475
  13. Global Biogeography of Termites: A Compilation of Sources

    • David T. Jones, Paul Eggleton
    Pages 477-498
  14. Termites as Pests of Agriculture

    • Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre
    Pages 499-517
  15. Invasive Termites

    • Theodore A. Evans
    Pages 519-562

About this book

Biology of Termites, a Modern Synthesis brings together the major advances in termite biology, phylogenetics, social evolution and biogeography made in the decade since Abe et al Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology became the standard modern reference work on termite science. Building on the success of the Kluwer book, David Bignell, Yves Roisin and Nathan Lo have brought together in the new volume most of the world’s leading experts on termite taxonomy, behaviour, genetics, caste differentiation, physiology, microbiology, mound architecture, distribution and control. Very strong evolutionary and developmental themes run through the individual chapters, fed by new data streams from molecular sequencing, and for the first time it is possible to compare the social organisation of termites with that of the social Hymenoptera, focusing on caste determination, population genetics, cooperative behaviour, nest hygiene and symbioses with microorganisms. New chapters have been added on termite pheromones, termites as pests of agriculture and on destructive invasive species, and new molecular and cladistic frameworks are presented for clarifying taxonomy, especially in the higher termites which dominate many tropical ecosystems. Applied entomologists, developmental and evolutionary biologists, microbial ecologists, sociobiologists and tropical agriculture specialists will all benefit from the new insights provided by this work.

Keywords

  • Caste differentiation
  • Eusociality
  • Microbial symbioses
  • Pest status
  • Termites
  • Model invertebrates

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Biological & Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom

    David Edward Bignell

  • Behavioural & Evolutionary Ecology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium

    Yves Roisin

  • School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Nathan Lo

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Softcover Book
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