Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants - A Case Study on Atta colombica in the Tropical Rainforest of Panama
Wirth, R., Herz, H., Ryel, R.J., Beyschlag, W., Hölldobler, B.
Hardcover XVI, 230 pp, 114 illus, 16 in color ISBN 9783540438960
Plantanimal interactions have become a focus of ecological research, with the processes
of herbivory being of special interest. This volume examines the interactions of leafcutting ants
with the rainforest vegetation on Barro Colorado Islands in Central America. It is the
synthesis of field research on multiple scales extending over a period of several years.
This work can serve as a model study summarizing and extending knowledge about
herbivorous insectplant relationships, and the resulting consequences on structural and
functional features of tropical ecosystems. The text is an invaluable reference for researchers
and land managers working in the fields of plantanimal interactions, herbivory, community
ecology and biodiversity.
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