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

Early learn on ant-plant interactions in Australia was once mostly constrained to the economically very important challenge of ants harvesting surface-sown pasture seed (e. g. Campbell 1966). The record by means of Berg (1975) of frequent myrmecochory in Australia, and a burst of in a foreign country learn, motivated study on quite a number ant-plant interactions in Australia. This booklet summarizes such study and offers reeent and present paintings on seed harvesting, myrmecochory, ant-epiphytes, extrafloral nectaries, ant-plant-homopteran platforms, and the impression of crops on ant faunas. i am hoping that it'll motivate additional paintings in those and similar parts, and that the assessment and bibliography of ant-plant interactions within the leisure ofthe international will function an invaluable resource for these coming into the sector. 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 rather major in Australia. this isn't spectacular for a comparatively dry continent bearing a mostly sc1erophyllous plant hide. destiny learn, although, specifically within the tropical north, is like1y to bare extra kinds of interplay, might be such as these attribute of the tropics in other places, or even distinctively Australian. a number of the chapters were shortened and changed significantly from the unique manuscripts, however the rules and effects offered are, after all, these of the person authors.

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