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The hygrothermal stress or harsh environment hypothesis considers that xeric sites harbour higher local gall-inducing insect richness than mesic sites because of a combination of abiotic stress such as a dry climate would benefit endophytophages such as gallers, decrease predators and parasitoid attack (Fernandes and Price 1992) and the suite of morphological and physiological characters shown by scleromorphic plants in these sites, such as resistant and long-lived leaves, low levels of plant defence investment.
Gall-Inducing Insect Species Richness as Indicators of Forest Age and Health.
Gall-inducing insect richness was positively related with the size of the host plant order, in terms of number of species ([r.
Plant architecture and meristem dynamics as the mechanisms determining the diversity of gall-inducing insects.
Comparison of the severity of selection among beech leaves prior to egg-laying between a leaf- mining and two gall-inducing insects.
How many species of gall-inducing insects are there on earth, and where are they?
Habitat-driven effects on the diversity of gall-inducing insects in the Brazilian Cerrado.
Plant growth rate, which has been suggested to be a primary factor affecting herbivory by gall-inducing insects (Price et al.
Gall-inducing insects are sensitive to several chemical, physiological and phenological plant modifications (Fernandes & Price, 1992; Campos, Costa, Isaias, Moreira, Oliveira & Lemos- Filho, 2010; Oliveira, Mendonca, Moreira, Lemos-Filho & Isaias, 2012).
Diversity of gall-inducing insects in a Mexican tropical dry forest: the importance of plant species richness, life forms, host plant age and plant density.