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Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation


  • 98 b/w illus. 18 tables
  • Page extent: 270 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.62 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781107048331)

Wood ants play an ecologically dominant and conspicuous role in temperate boreal forests, making a keystone contribution to woodland ecosystem functions and processes. Wood ant taxonomy and global distributions set the scene for this text's exploration of wood ants as social insects, examining their flexible social structures, genetics, population ecology, and behaviour, from nest-mate recognition to task allocation. Wood ants' interactions with their environment and with other organisms are essential to their success: competition, predation and mutualism are described and analysed. Bringing together the expertise of ecological researchers and conservation practitioners, this book provides practical and theoretical advice about sampling and monitoring these insects, and outlines the requirements for effective conservation. This is an indispensable resource for wood ant researchers, entomologists, conservationists and ecological consultants, as well as anyone interested in social insects, keystone species and the management and conservation of forest ecosystems.

• Provides the most comprehensive coverage available on all aspects of wood ant ecology and conservation, including all known species of wood ant • Identifies and highlights knowledge gaps and priority areas, informing and guiding the reader towards future research potential • Synthesizes ecological research findings and applied conservation outputs, providing a wealth of relevant information in one easily accessible format


1. Introducing wood ants: evolution, phylogeny and distribution Jenni A. Stockan, Elva J. H. Robinson, James Trager, Izumi Yao and Bernhard Seifert; 2. Wood ant reproductive biology and social systems Arnaud Maeder, Daniel Cherix, Christian Bernasconi, Anne Freitag and Samuel Ellis; 3. Population genetics of wood ants Pekka Pamilo, Perttu Seppä and Heikki Helanterä; 4. Where and why? Red wood ant population ecology Anita C. Risch, Samuel Ellis and Hayley Wiswell; 5. Colony and species recognition among the Formica ants Stephen J. Martin; 6. Interspecific competition and coexistence between wood ants Therese Johansson and Heloise Gibb; 7. Wood ant foraging and mutualism with aphids Timo Domisch, Anita C. Risch and Elva J. H. Robinson; 8. Wood ants and their interaction with other organisms Elva J. H. Robinson, Jenni A. Stockan and Glenn R. Iason; 9. Contribution of wood ants to nutrient cycling and ecosystem function Jan Frouz, Veronika Jílková and Jouni Sorvari; 10. Diversity, ecology and conservation of wood ants in North America James Trager; 11. Sampling and monitoring wood ants Anne Freitag, Jenni A. Stockan, Christian Bernasconi, Arnaud Maeder and Daniel Cherix; 12. Threats, conservation and management Jouni Sorvari; 13. Future directions for wood ant ecology and conservation Elva J. H. Robinson and Jenni A. Stockan.


'… this book is to be recommended to any scientist with a specific interest in wood ants, be it from an academic or a more applied perspective.' Konrad Fiedler, Myrmecological News

'The volume is a great synthesis of the decades of studies on wood ants and I enjoyed reading it very much. … I think Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation is a very timely volume, especially in the light of the potential threats that wood ants face with more intensive use of forests and grasslands in temperate and boreal regions. I am sure the book will inspire more comparative work on this fascinating group of ants.' Heike Feldhaar, The Quarterly Review of Biology

'… it contains a wealth of data so that I would recommend to every wood ant researcher to purchase it.' Peter Boer, Entomologische Berichten


Jenni A. Stockan, Elva J. H. Robinson, James Trager, Izumi Yao, Bernhard Seifert, Arnaud Maeder, Daniel Cherix, Christian Bernasconi, Anne Freitag, Samuel Ellis, Pekka Pamilo, Perttu Seppä, Heikki Helanterä, Anita C. Risch, Hayley Wiswell, Stephen J. Martin, Therese Johansson, Heloise Gibb, Timo Domisch, Glenn R. Iason, Jan Frouz, Veronika Jílková, Jouni Sorvari

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