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Edited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University

This book provides an overview of the current knowledge of herbivory. This book contains chapters from a wide variety of topics that fall into the following broad sections: (I) "Plant Defense Mechanisms and Herbivore Adaptations," (II) "Herbivory and Food Processing of Grazing Animals," and (III) "Herbivory Effects on Plant Communities." More specifically, the contributions of this book, written by experts in their respective fields, focus on topics including the chemical plant defense against herbivores as well as herbivore adaptions to plant cyanide defenses, the utilization of biomarkers to study grazing behavior of ruminants, modeling for describing ruminant herbivory, as well as improving grain processing to improve dairy cow performance. Contributions on positive indirect interactions in marine herbivores and algae are included, as is one focusing on herbivory by lizards. These chapters represent recent contributions showing the diversity of ongoing research in this field of study. This book targets a wide audience of general biologists as well as botanists, ecologists, and zoologists including both teachers and students in gaining a better appreciation of this rapidly growing field.

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HerbivoresEdited by Vonnie D.C. Shields

Published: March 8th 2017

DOI: 10.5772/62658

ISBN: 978-953-51-2988-2

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-2987-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5476-1

Copyright year: 2017

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10765 Total Chapter Downloads

11 Crossref Citations

15 Web of Science Citations

21 Dimensions Citations


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1. Chemical Plant Defense Against Herbivores

By Hermilo Sánchez-Sánchez and Alina Morquecho-Contreras


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2. Herbivore Adaptations to Plant Cyanide Defenses

By Maike van Ohlen, Anna-Maria Herfurth and Ute Wittstock


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3. Utilization of Biomarkers to Study the Grazing Behavior of Herbivore Species

By Luis Miguel Mendes Ferreira, Rafael Celaya, Ana Sofia Santos, Koldo Osoro and Miguel Rodrigues


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4. Simple Models for Describing Ruminant Herbivory

By Kenneth J. Moore, Sotirios V. Archontoulis and Andrew W. Lenssen


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5. Effects of Grain Processing with Focus on Grinding and Steam- Flaking on Dairy Cow Performance

By Khalil Safaei and WenZhu Yang


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6. Positive Indirect Interactions in Marine Herbivores and Algae

By Jacqueline E. Bell and Jane E. Williamson


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7. Herbivory by Lizards

By Carolina Pietczak and Lucas R. Vieira


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