Coverbild Symbiosis: An Alliance For Life von Monika Offenberger, ISBN-978-3-423-26055-8

Symbiosis: An Alliance For Life

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“I’ll be your bodyguard in exchange for sweets.” This is how the arrangement between ant and greenfly could be described. The ant protects the greenfly from ladybirds and is rewarded with homemade syrup—a mutually beneficial pact: a symbiosis. Nature has endless varieties of such marriages of convenience in which often very different partners complement each other through mutual assistance to achieve more together than each would on their own. Without symbioses—which can be found in the depths of the Pacific as well as our own intestinal bacteria—there would be neither plants, animals nor humans. Charles Darwin saw competition as the driving principle of evolution, but cooperation plays an equally important part in the ongoing development of life.

Enhanced by many colour illustrations, this entertaining book shows the spectrum of symbiotic relationships, offering fascinating insights into its biological context.

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160 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-26055-8
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Portrait des Autors Monika Offenberger

Monika Offenberger

Dr. Monika Offenberger is a biologist and science journalist. She writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung amongst others and has published a number of popular science books.