Producers and Scroungers: Strategies of Exploitation and Parasitism (Paperback)
  • Producers and Scroungers: Strategies of Exploitation and Parasitism (Paperback)
zoom

Producers and Scroungers: Strategies of Exploitation and Parasitism (Paperback)

(author)
£76.50
Paperback 303 Pages / Published: 05/02/2012
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Many associations between organisms, both intra-and interspecific, can be usefully regarded as 'producer/scrounger' (P/S) relationships. One or more individuals or species (scroungers) within the association in some way use the behavioural or physiological investment of others (pro- ducers) to reduce their costs of obtaining a limited resource. Examples are legion: many parasites take up more or less permanent residence in or on a host individual and use the host's ingestive, digestive or circu- latory processes to reduce their own feeding costs; pirate (ldepto- parasitic) individuals or species exploit the foraging investment of 'host' individuals/species by stealing procured food; inter- and intraspecific brood parasites exploit the nest-building behaviour and parental care of other species/individuals; non-displaying 'satellite' males may usurp matings (ldeptogamy) from higher ranking males whose display effort has attracted females to a courtship gathering, and so on. Scroungers appear to reduce the costs of exploiting a resource by letting producers invest the necessary time and energy in foraging, building, incubating, displaying, defending, evolving anti-predator adaptations, etc. , and then usurping the results of their efforts. The utility of scrounging, however, is conditional on a number of factors including the availability of producers, the number of scroungers exploiting them, the cost of scrounging in terms of producer avoidance, defence and/or retaliation, the value of the limited resource and the scope for alternative strategies of resource exploitation. This book brings together theoretical and empirical studies of PIS relationships in a wide variety of contexts and species.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781461597865
Number of pages: 303
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198

You may also be interested in...

The Amoeba in the Room
Added to basket
Bacterial Physiology and Metabolism
Added to basket
BIOS Instant Notes in Microbiology
Added to basket
Essential Microbiology
Added to basket
Life's Engines
Added to basket
Parasitism
Added to basket
£50.99
Paperback
Missing Microbes
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Teaching Community
Added to basket
£24.99
Paperback
Microanalysis of Parchment
Added to basket
I, Superorganism
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Hot Zone
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Virolution
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Experiment Eleven
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.