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Diet Selection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Foraging Behaviour

Diet Selection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Foraging Behaviour

R. Hughes (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-31401-4

Jul 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages

$114.99

Description

All animals feed selectively. This book examines the selectivity of feeding from a variety of viewpoints. It examines the viewpoint of the behavioural ecologist that considers decision rules, the dietitian that looks at nutritional problems, and the community ecologist that sees feeding as a factor influencing species diversity. The text brings these diverse disciplines together to produce a coherent view of the way in which organisms 'choose' their diet.

Optimal foraging theory has brought the study of foraging behaviour, particularly diet selection to a point where physiological, nutritional, psychological, morphological and ecological factors can begin to be addressed in a coherent fashion. This book is not another exposition of optimal foraging theory, but it does draw on the applications and limitations of the theory to demonstrate the great potential for the development of diet selection as an interdisciplinary subject.


  • Authoritative synthesis of the latest thinking in optimal foraging and feeding theory.
  • Adopts, for the first time, a truly interdisciplinary approach to diet selection.
  • Authored by experts from each of the contributing fields.
Introduction.

The Importance Of State.

Digestive Constraints On Diet Choice.

The Psychology Of Diet Selection.

Foraging As A Self-Organizational Learning Process: Accepting Adaptability At The Expense Of Predictability.

Hunger-Dependent Food Selection In Suspension-Feeding Zooplankton.

Gourmands Of Mud: Diet Selection In Marine Deposit Feeders.

Diet Selection In Mammalian Herbivores: Constraints And Tactics.

Effects Of Ecological Interactions On Forager Diets: Competition, Predation Risk, Parasitism And Prey Behaviour


  • Authoritative synthesis of the latest thinking in optimal foraging and feeding theory.

  • Adopts, for the first time, a truly interdisciplinary approach to diet selection.

  • Authored by experts from each of the contributing fields.