Foliar Chemistry and Herbivory

  • Donald J. Shure
  • Peter D. Mooreside
  • Rebekah E. Chapman
  • Allan D. Wilson
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 166)

Abstract

The atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases during the next 100 years is expected to produce significant but complex alterations in regional precipitation patterns (Schneider 1993). The physiological stresses associated with changes in precipitation may increase the susceptibility of tree species to damage by insect herbivores (Mattson and Haack 1987a; Ayres 1993). Trees may adjust their foliar chemistry in meeting such moisture-related stresses. However, progressive damage by herbivores may limit the extent of any physiological or biochemical adjustments to soil moisture deficits. Further examination of these reciprocal interactions between plants and herbivores seems especially relevant considering the growing evidence supporting the important role of insect herbivores as possible regulators of forest ecosystem processes (Schowalter et al. 1986; Ayres 1993; Schowalter 2000).

Keywords

Phenol Carbohydrate Immobilization Photosynthesis Styrofoam 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald J. Shure
  • Peter D. Mooreside
  • Rebekah E. Chapman
  • Allan D. Wilson

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