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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to
the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,500 species have been
described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await
Ant Ecology explores key ecological issues and new developments in
myrmecology across a range of scales. The book begins with a global perspective
on species diversity in time and space, and examines interactions at the
community level before describing the population ecology of these social
insects. The final section covers the recent ecological phenomenon of invasive
ants: how they move across the globe, invade, affect ecosystems, and are
managed by humans. Each chapter links ant ecology to broader ecological
principles, provides a succinct summary, and discusses future research
directions. Practical aspects of myrmecology, applications of ant ecology,
debates, and novel discoveries are highlighted in text boxes throughout the
volume. The book concludes with a synthesis of the current state of the field
and a look at exciting future research directions. The extensive reference list
and full glossary are invaluable for researchers, and those new to the field.