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Insect Influences on the Forest Canopy

  • Rudolph T. Franklin
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 1)

Abstract

The forest environment, its species diversity and structural complexity, provides many niches for exploitation by numerous undisturbed populations of insects. The ecological interactions which are involved may include only those between insect and tree; usually, however, they include a complex series of reactions between many kinds of organisms and physical factors in the environment. Any syntheses of this subject area draw heavily upon the field of forest entomology. The ultimate objective of forest entomology is to discover how to prevent insects from causing economic damage to forests. The literature, therefore, emphasizes pest species. Quantitative data may be available for the pest species, noneconomic species receive considerably less attention.

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