Phyllosphere Ecology in a Changing Environment: The Role of Insects in Forest Ecosystems

  • B. Stadler
  • B. Michalzik
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 172)

Abstract

A major challenge to understanding the role of species in ecosystems (Lawton 1994) is to collect and filter those pieces of information from different levels of organization that are likely to affect ecosystem functioning and maintenance of key processes; for example, the approaches that link ecosystem and population ecology, evolution and system ecology (Loehle and Pechmann 1988) or different scales from leaves to landscapes (Holling 1992; Levin 1992; Wiens 1995). However, integrated approaches are notoriously difficult to pursue. In addition, the approaches of conventional research have different aims. For example, ecosystem ecologists are often more concerned with average rates of flow for a particular period of time, viewing an ecosystem as a gigantic ‘black box’ (Grimm 1995) whose behaviour is independent of its history (Higashi and Burns 1991) (engineer approach). Ecologists, in contrast, working with organisms, populations or communities, are concerned with specific adaptations, species interactions, community structures and population dynamics in an evolutionary context (organismic approach).

Keywords

Migration Dioxide Hydrate Carbohydrate Europe 

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