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In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth?some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened?not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. In an Afterword written especially for this edition, the authors consider the impact of two revolutions now taking place: the increasing rate at which we are discovering new species because of new technology available to us and the accelerating rate at which we are losing biological diversity. Also reviewed and summarized are many ?new” wild solutions, such as innovative approaches to the discovery of pharmaceuticals, the ?lotus effect,” the ever-growing importance of bacteria, molecular biomimetics, ecological restoration, and robotics.?An easy read, generating a momentum of energy and excitement about the potential of the natural world to solve many of the problems that face us.”?E. J. Milner-Gulland, Nature?Must-reading for everyone.”?Simon A. Levin, author of Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons?An engaging book clearly intended to impress upon a lay audience the practical value of biological diversity. . . . An outstanding work.”?Ecology?A most stimulating read for all those budding science students from secondary through graduate schools.”?Science Books & Films

Hardcover:

9780300076363 | Yale Univ Pr, March 1, 2001, cover price $25.95 | About this edition: In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth?

Paperback:

9780300105063 | 2 edition (Yale Univ Pr, September 1, 2004), cover price $29.00

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Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship. The rewards are principally food and/or nest sites, and ants in turn perform a number of services for plants: they disperse and plant seeds; they protect foliage, buds, and reproductive structures from enemies such as herbivores and seed predators; they fertilize plants with essential nutrients; and they may sometimes function as pollinators. In this book, initially published in 1985, Professor Beattie reviews the fascinating natural history of ant-plant interactions, discusses the scientific evidence for the mutualistic nature of these relationships, and reaches some conclusions about the ecological and evolutionary processes that mold them. This important work explores the natural history, experimental approach, and integration with contemporary evolutionary and ecological literature of the time will appeal to a wide variety of biologists.

Hardcover:

9780521252812 | Cambridge Univ Pr, November 29, 1985, cover price $99.99 | About this edition: Mutualistic interactions between ants and plants involve rewards offered by plants and services performed by ants in a mutually advantageous relationship.

Paperback:

9780521272728 | Reissue edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, August 26, 2010), cover price $39.99

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