By Elizabeth A. Davison (auth.), Ralf C. Buckley (eds.)

Early learn on ant-plant interactions in Australia was once mostly limited to the economically vital challenge of ants harvesting surface-sown pasture seed (e. g. Campbell 1966). The document via Berg (1975) of common myrmecochory in Australia, and a burst of in another country study, influenced examine on a variety of ant-plant interactions in Australia. This publication summarizes such learn and offers reeent and present paintings on seed harvesting, myrmecochory, ant-epiphytes, extrafloral nectaries, ant-plant-homopteran platforms, and the impact of plants on ant faunas. i am hoping that it'll inspire additional paintings in those and comparable components, and that the overview and bibliography of ant-plant interactions within the relaxation ofthe international will function an invaluable resource for these getting into the sphere. The richness of Australia's plants and ant fauna render it a very fascinating continent for the learn of interactions among them. As instantly obvious from the checklist of contents, ant-seed interactions are fairly major in Australia. this isn't dazzling for a comparatively dry continent bearing a mostly sc1erophyllous plant conceal. destiny examine, even if, in particular within the tropical north, is like1y to bare additional different types of interplay, probably reminiscent of these attribute of the tropics somewhere else, or even distinctively Australian. a number of the chapters were shortened and converted significantly from the unique manuscripts, however the principles and effects offered are, in fact, these of the person authors.

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Thus there is an urgent praetieal need for a eomplete Australia-wide study of the eeology and taxonomy of seed-harvesting ants, to assist in the development of more effeetive means to reduee eeonomie losses due to seed-harvesting ants. References Anon, 1964. Soil and pasture research on the northern tablelands of New South Wales. , Melbourne. Anon, 1978. Crop and pasture statistics 1976-77 season. AustraIian Bureau of Statistics, Cat. 1. Anslow, R. , 1958. A note on an improved technique in establishing Setaria sphacelata from seed.

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