Local Adaptation and Stochastic Events in an Oak Leaf-Miner Population

  • Susan Mopper


There is strong evidence for local genetic variation and demic structure in phytophagous insect populations (McCauley and Eanes 1987; McPheron et al. 1988; Gittman et al. 1989; Rank 1992; and see Chapter 9 in this volume by McCauley and Goff; Chapter 12 by Peterson and Denno; and Chapter 14 by Thomas and Singer). Research in agricultural systems indicates that a major cause of this structure is genetic variation in resistance among individual host plants in a population (Denno and McClure 1983). Genetic variation within natural plant populations is also well established (Hiebert and Hamrick 1983; Plessas and Strauss 1986; Mop-per et al. 1991; Berg and Hamrick 1995; Strauss and Karban 1994a, 1994b; Berenbaum and Zangerl, Chapter 5 this volume), but perhaps because of inherently greater spatial and temporal complexity, its relation to insect population structure is not as well understood as in managed systems (Michalakis et al. 1993).


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  • Susan Mopper
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of Southwestern LouisianaLafayetteUSA

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