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Aboveground-Belowground Community Ecology 

(2019) Springer, Berlin, Germany

Takayuki Ohgushi, Susanne Wurst & Scott N. Johnson

Researchers now recognize that above- and belowground communities are indirectly linked to one another, often by plant-mediated mechanisms. To date, however, there has been no single multi-authored edited volume on the subject. This book remedies that gap, and offers state-of-the art insights into basic and applied research on aboveground-belowground interactions and their functional consequences. Drawing on a diverse pool of global expertise, the authors present diverse approaches that span a range of scales and levels of complexity.

Global Climate Change and Terrestrial Invertebrates (2017) Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, UK

Scott N. Johnson and T. Hefin Jones

Invertebrates perform such vital roles in global ecosystems - and so strongly influence human wellbeing - that biologist E.O. Wilson was prompted to describe them as “little things that run the world.” As they are such powerful shapers of the world around us, their response to global climate change is also pivotal in meeting myriad challenges looming on the horizon - everything from food security and biodiversity to human disease control.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific knowledge and contemporary theory relating to global climate change and terrestrial invertebrates. Featuring contributions from top international experts, this book explores how changes to invertebrate populations will affect human decision making processes across a number of crucial issues, including agriculture, disease control, conservation planning, and resource allocation. 

Invertebrate Ecology of Australasian Grasslands (2017) Western Sydney University

Scott N. Johnson

This is the conference proceedings of the Ninth Australasian Conference on Grassland Invertebrate Ecology held on 4-7 April 2016 at the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. It comprises 41 contributions from over 70 contributors. Nineteen of the papers were published in an aligned research topic in Frontiers in Plant Science

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Crop traits for defense against pests and disease: durability, breakdown and future prospects

Alison J. Karley, Scott N. Johnson, Rex Brennan and Peter J. Gregory

ISBN: 9782889451562


This ebook is a compilation of papers that constituted a research topic of the same name that appeared in Frontiers in Plant Science
We aimed to address this Research Topic by inviting authors to contribute their knowledge of appropriate resistance and tolerance traits, explore what is known about durability and breakdown of defensive traits and, finally, asking what are the prospects for exploiting these traits for crop protection. The research topic summarised in this book addresses some of the most important issues in the future sustainability of global crop production.




Behaviour and Physiology of Root Herbivores (2013) Academic Press, London, UK

Scott N. Johnson, Ivan Hiltpold and Ted C. R. Turlings

Drawing on expertise from around the world, this volume identifies our current state of knowledge about the behavior and physiology of root herbivores. In particular, this work describes prevailing concepts and theories based on historical and current literature and identifies what new technologies and approaches are available to researchers in the field. Chapters address how root herbivore behavior and physiology is affected by the biotic and abiotic soil environment, cover case studies of globally significant pests and discuss advances in molecular techniques. Covering all aspects of behavioral and physiological responses of root herbivores to their environment, this will be valuable reading for researchers and professionals in agricultural entomology, plant science, ecology and soil science.

Root Feeders - an ecosystem perspective (2008) CABI, Wallingford, UK

Scott N. Johnson and Philip J. Murray

Interactions between plants and herbivores can have a significant effect on plant growth and development, and ultimately, on a plant's economic value. Research has traditionally focused on aboveground herbivores, despite the considerable role that belowground herbivory by both vertebrates and invertebrates can play within a range of ecosystem processes. Root feeders have been classified as agricultural pests but can also be used as biological control agents against invasive species and can affect community dynamics of plants, soil micro-organisms and populations of aboveground organisms. Bringing together a broad range of viewpoints and approaches, Root Feeders presents a comprehensive review of knowledge on root herbivores and illustrates their importance within ecosystems. Chapters discuss problems of visualizing the organisms in the soil, their role in agriculture, grassland and forest ecosystems, and present specific case studies on the management, control and influence of root feeders. Covering all aspects from food web ecology to the effects of climate change, this will be valuable reading for researchers and professionals in agricultural entomology, plant science, ecology and soil science.

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