Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Insects and related arthropods make up more than 50 percent of the known animal diversity globally, yet a lack of knowledge about insects is hindering the advance of science and society. This book explores the wide variety in type and number of insect species and their evolutionary relationships. Case studies offer assessments on how insect biodiversity can help meet the needs of a rapidly expanding human population, and also examine the consequences that an increased loss of insect species will have on the world.
The book concludes that a better understanding of the biology and ecology of insects is the only way to sustainably manage ecosystems in an ever changing global environment.
1. Introduction Peter H. Adler and Robert G. Foottit.
2. The Importance of Insects G.G.E. Scudder.
Part I. Insect Biodiversity: Regional Examples.
3. Insect Biodiversity in the Nearctic Region Andrew B. T. Smith and Hugh V. Danks.
4. Amazonian Rainforests and Their Richness of Coleoptera, a Dominant Life Form in the Critical Zone of the Neotropics Terry L. Erwin and Christy J. Geraci.
5. Insect Biodiversity in the Afrotropical Region C.H. Scholtz and M.W. Mansell.
6. Biodiversity of Australasian Insects Peter S. Cranston.
7. Insect Biodiversity in the Palearctic Region Alexander S. Konstantinov, Boris A. Korotyaev and Mark G. Volkovitsh.
Part II. Insect Biodiversity: Taxon Examples.
8. Biodiversity of Aquatic Insects John C. Morse.
9. Biodiversity of Diptera G.W. Courtney, T. Pape, J.H. Skevington and B.J. Sinclair.
10. Biodiversity of Heteroptera Thomas J. Henry.
11. Biodiversity of Coleoptera P. Bouchard, V.V. Grebennikov, A.B.T. Smith and H. Douglas.
12. Biodiversity of Hymenoptera John T. Huber.
13. Lepidoptera Biodiversity Michael G. Pogue.
Part III. Tools and Approaches.
14. The Science of Insect Taxonomy: Prospects and Needs Quentin D. Wheeler.
15. Insect Species – Concepts and Practice Michael F. Claridge.
16. Molecular Dimensions of Insect Taxonomy Felix Sperling and Amanda Roe.
17. DNA Barcodes and Insect Biodiversity Robin M. Floyd, John J. Wilson, Paul D. N. Hebert.
18. Insect Biodiversity and Informatics Norman F. Johnson.
19. Parasitoid Diversity and Insect Pest Management John Heraty.
20. Taxonomy of Crop Pests: The Aphids Gary L. Miller and Robert G. Foottit.
21. Adventive Insects: A Global Overview Alfred G. Wheeler, Jr. and E. Richard Hoebeke.
22. Biodiversity of Biting Flies: Implications for Humanity Peter H. Adler.
23. Reconciling Ethical and Scientific Issues for Insect Conservation Michael J. Samways.
24. Insect Biodiversity: Assessment and Taxonomy Ke Chung Kim.
25. Insect Biodiversity — Millions and Millions May Berenbaum.
Peter H. Adler is a professor of entomology at Clemson University, where he has held a teaching and research appointment for more than 20 years, specializing in the behavior, ecology, and systematics of insects, particularly Diptera. He has conducted research throughout North America, as well as in the Caucusus, Russia, Europe, the Amazon Basin, and Southeast Asia. He is the senior author of the 2004 award-winning book The Black Flies (Simuliidae) of North America published by Cornell University Press.
- Leading world experts review insect taxonomy, biology and biodiversity science and the impact on mankind
- Case studies reveal what is known and what remains unknown in the field of insect biodiversity
- Explores ways the science of insect biodiversity can meet the needs of a rapidly expanding human society
- Details the consequences of the rapid evolution of insects on the environment, the economy, and human population growth
- An essential resource for naturalists and conservation workers
"This book is a highly original account, providing many new insights and new summarized data that should not be missing on the shelves of any entomologist, and also other biologists and naturalists can benefit from this volume." (Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, April 2009)