Paradise, Christopher J.,

Information in the environment / Christopher J. Paradise, A. Malcolm Campbell. - 1 online resource (51 pages) : illustrations. - Biology collection . - Biology collection. .


Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Organisms have evolved to exploit communication between individuals of other species -- Cricket songs are exploited by natural enemies -- Frog choruses attract predators -- 2. Organisms assess their environment when searching for resources -- Optimal foraging behavior of lizards -- Plants assess their environment in search of nutrients -- 3. Chemical communication may be used to block competition -- Egg-laying moths detect larvae of other moths -- Information is used by corals during settlement -- 4. A change in the number of species affects information content of an ecological system -- Ethical, legal, social implications: we have an obligation to preserve biodiversity -- Conclusion -- Glossary -- Index.

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This book identifies the commonalities between communication within a species and communication between species. Behavior and exchange of non-heritable information occurs between individuals of different species, in animals and plants, in order to exploit other species and compete for resources. Several examples of adaptations of one species to exploit the information passed between individuals of another species are given. This book describes how animals make decisions while gathering information and resources, selecting habitat, and interacting with potential competitors. Plants grow in response to nutrients in soil, which may require gene regulation in response to information in the environment. Information is also exhibited in biodiversity, in the number and types of species present, and this information is used by other organisms as they assess their surroundings. The information content of ecological systems changes when species are added or lost.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Animal communication.

communication information resource natural enemies predators parasites host optimal foraging theory diminishing returns marginal value theorem nutrients density competition coral settlement biodiversity composition global extinction

QL776 / .P275 2016