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There is increasing evidence that the structure and functioning of ecological communities and ecosystems are strongly influenced by flexible traits of individuals within species. A deep understanding of how trait flexibility alters direct and indirect species interactions is crucial for addressing key issues in basic and applied ecology. This book provides an integrated perspective on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of interactions mediated by flexible species traits across a wide range of systems. It is the first volume synthesizing the rapidly expanding research field of trait-mediated indirect effects and highlights how the conceptual framework of these effects can aid the understanding of evolutionary processes, population dynamics, community structure and stability, and ecosystem function. It not only brings out the importance of this emerging field for basic ecological questions, but also explores the implications of trait-mediated interactions for the conservation of biodiversity and the response of ecosystems to anthropogenic environmental changes.
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List of contributors
Perspective: kinds of trait-mediated indirect effects in ecological communities: a synthesis
Consequences of trait changes in host-parasitoid interactions in insect communities
The impact of trait-mediated indirect interactions in marine communities
Trait-mediated indirect interactions in size-structured populations: causes and consequences for species interactions and community dynamics
Trait-mediated effects, density dependence, and the dynamic stability of ecological systems
Plant effects on herbivore-enemy interactions in natural systems
The implications of adaptive prey behavior for ecological communities: a review of current theory
Community consequences of phenotypic plasticity of terrestrial plants: herbivore-initiated bottom-up trophic cascades
Model-based, response surface approaches to quantifying indirect interactions
Perspective: trait-mediated indirect interactions and the coevolutionary process
Evolutionary indirect effects: examples from introduced plant and herbivore interactions
Indirect evolutionary interactions in a multi-trophic system
The role of trait-mediated indirect interactions for multispecies plant-animal mutualisms
Consequences of trait evolution in a multi-species system
Perspective: interspecific indirect genetic effects (IIGEs): linking genetics and genomics to community ecology and ecosystem processes
Species functional traits, trophic control, and the ecosystem consequences of adaptive foraging in the middle of food chains
Effects of herbivores on terrestrial ecosystem processes: the role of trait mediated indirect effects
Functional and heritable consequences of plant genotype on community composition and ecosystem processes
Microbial mutualists and biodiversity in ecosystems
Integrating trait-mediated effects and non-trophic interactions in the study of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
Perspective: consequences of trait-mediated indirect interactions for biological control of plant pests
Natural enemy functional identity, trait-mediated interactions, and biological control
Trait-mediated effects modify patch-size density relationships in insect herbivores and parasitoids
Plasticity and trait-mediated indirect interactions among plants
Climate change, phenology, and the nature of consumer-resource interactions: advancing the match/mismatch hypothesis
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