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Elevated CO2 lowers relative and absolute herbivore density across all species of a scrub-oak forest
Author(s): P. Stiling, D. C. Moon, M. D. Hunter, J. Colson, A. M. Rossi, G. J. Hymus and B. G. Drake
Publication Type: Article
Article Topic(s): Climate change, Disturbance
Research Setting(s): Forest
Species Referenced: Vaccinium myrsinites (Shiny blueberry),
AbstractResearches the effects of increased CO2 on plant-herbivore interactions at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Five plant species were examined including Vaccinium myrsinites. Herbivore densities, especially leaf miners, were lower with elevated CO2 compared to ambient CO2. This may be due to increases in natural enemies of leaf miners with elevated CO2. Leaf abscission was also increased in elevated CO2, perhaps outweighing the effects of reduced insect densities.
Suggested CitationP. Stiling, D. C. Moon, M. D. Hunter, J. Colson, A. M. Rossi, G. J. Hymus and B. G. Drake. "Elevated CO2 lowers relative and absolute herbivore density across all species of a scrub-oak forest." Oecologia 134.1 (2003): 82-87.