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Provedor de dados:  Neotropical Entomology
País:  Brazil
Título:  Insect-plant interactions: new pathways to a better comprehension of ecological communities in Neotropical savannas
Autores:  Del-Claro,Kleber
Torezan-Silingardi,Helena M
Data:  2009-04-01
Ano:  2009
Palavras-chave:  Cerrado
Ecological interaction
Resumo:  The causal mechanisms shaping and structuring ecological communities are among the most important themes in ecology. The study of insect-plant interactions in trophic nets is pointed out as basic to improve our knowledge on this issue. The cerrado tropical savanna, although extremely diverse, distributed in more than 20% of the Brazilian territory and filled up with rich examples of multitrophic interactions, is underexplored in terms of biodiversity interaction. Here, this ecosystem is suggested as valuable to the study of insect-plant interactions whose understanding can throw a new light at the ecological communities' theory. Three distinct systems: extrafloral nectary plants or trophobiont herbivores and the associated ant fauna; floral herbivores-predators-pollinators; and plants-forest engineers and associated fauna, will serve as examples to illustrate promising new pathways in cerrado. The aim of this brief text is to instigate young researchers, mainly entomologists, to initiate more elaborated field work, including experimental manipulations in multitrophic systems, to explore in an interactive way the structure that maintain preserved viable communities in the Neotropical savanna.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil
Relação:  10.1590/S1519-566X2009000200001
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Neotropical Entomology v.38 n.2 2009
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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