Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants
Plant-animal interactions have become a focus of ecological research, with the processes of herbivory being of special interest. This volume examines the interactions of leaf-cutting 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 insect-plant 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 plant-animal interactions, herbivory, community ecology and biodiversity.
Contains 16 brillant and beautiful color illustrationsElucidates the ecological role of leaf-cutting ants and provides fundamental insights into the functioning of the rainforest ecosystemThe authors present not only their research results and ideas, but also their excitement for these fascinating animals