Insects and forests - the role and diversity of insects in the forest environment

Roger Dajoz, translated by G-M de Rougemont 
Lavoisier  2000  

Hardcover  680 pages, illustrated with coloured photographs  ISBN 1898298688      £150.00

For many years, forest entomology has almost exclusively been devoted to the study of pest species which affect the increasing number of artificial forests, the main concern being that of finding methods of control. However, as the economic and ecological costs of chemical pest control have continued to grow, it has become more and more important to develop our knowledge and understanding of the bionomics and the ecology of all forest insects. This new book meets that need as it is a major and unrivalled reference for all forest entomologists. It deals with pest insects as well as with all aspects of the bionomics and the ecology of forest insects. The author has included all the latest scientific data combined with his own expertise focussing on the relationships between trees and insects, biodiversity and the causes of change and depletion in the forest insect fauna. The book covers all species of forest insects such as canopy and defoliating insects, gall forming insects, cone and seed eating insects and saproxylic insects. Details are also given on often-neglected insects such as tree hole and fungi insects. Translated from the best-selling French book "Les insectes et la foret", this English edition has been revised and enlarged with two new chapters on North American forests and tropical rain forests. The book contains numerous illustrations together with more than 1000 bibliographical references making it an essential reference for professional and amateur entomologists, life science teachers in forestry institutes, estate owners and forestry managers.

Contents include the following sections:

  • Introduction;
  • Structure and evolution of temperate forests;
  • The forest environment: effects of abiotic factors;
  • The role of biotic factors;
  • Diversity and abundance of insects in forests;
  • Insects and the forest ecosystem;
  • Forest insect pests;
  • Canopy insects;
  • Defoliating lepidoptera;
  • Processionary caterpillars;
  • Other defoliators, sawflies, beetles, flies;
  • Sap suckers, scale insects, aphids and bugs;
  • Galls and gall insects;
  • Insects on flowers, fruits and seeds;
  • Wood and its use by xylophagous organisms;
  • Bark beetles (Scolytidae) and their associated fauna;
  • Saproxylic insects;
  • Wood decay, insect successions;
  • Two special habitats: tree holes and fungi;
  • insects of forest soils;
  • North American forest soils;
  • North American forest insects;
  • Tropical rain forests insects;
  • Conclusion;
  • Index of insect taxa.

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