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The Ecology and Evolution of Ant-Plant Interactions
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The Ecology and Evolution of Ant-Plant Interactions

Victor Rico-Gray and Paulo S. Oliveira

Abstract

Ants are probably the most dominant insect group on Earth, representing 10–15 percent of animal biomass in terrestrial ecosystems. Flowering plants, meanwhile, owe their evolutionary success to an array of interspecific interactions—such as pollination, seed dispersal, and herbivory—that have helped to shape their great diversity. This book brings together findings from the scientific literature on the coevolution of ants and plants to provide a better understanding of the unparalleled success of these two groups, of interspecific interactions in general, and ultimately, of terrestrial biologi ... More

Keywords: ants, terrestrial ecosystems, flowering plants, coevolution, ant–plant interactions, pollination, seed dispersal, herbivory, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226713472
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226713540.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Rico-Gray, author

Paulo S. Oliveira, author