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Root Feeders

An Ecosystem Perspective

Root Feeders by S.N. Johnson
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Interactions between plants and herbivores can have a significant effect on plant growth and development, and ultimately, on a plant's economic value. Research has traditionally focused on above ground herbivores, despite the considerable role that below ground herbivory by both vertebrates and invertebrates can play within a range of ecosystem processes. Root feeders have been classified as agricultural pests but can also be used as biological control agents against invasive species and can affect community dynamics of plants, soil micro-organisms and populations of above ground organisms.Bringing together a broad range of viewpoints and approaches, "Root Feeders" presents a comprehensive review of knowledge on root herbivores and illustrates their importance within ecosystems. Chapters discuss problems of visualizing the organisms in the soil, their role in agriculture, grassland and forest ecosystems and present specific case studies on the management, control and influence of root feeders.
CABI; November 2008
244 pages; ISBN 9781845934620
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Title: Root Feeders
Author: S.N. Johnson; P.J. Murray