Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants

A Case Study on Atta colombica in the Tropical Rainforest of Panama

  • Rainer Wirth
  • Hubert Herz
  • Ronald J. Ryel
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
  • Bert Hölldobler

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 164)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 1-3
  3. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 5-48
  4. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 49-54
  5. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 55-59
  6. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 61-69
  7. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 71-82
  8. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 83-90
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    Pages 91-110
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    Pages 111-120
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    Pages 121-130
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    Pages 131-149
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    Pages 151-163
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    Pages 165-169
  15. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 171-181
  16. Rainer Wirth, Hubert Herz, Ronald J. Ryel, Wolfram Beyschlag, Bert Hölldobler
    Pages 183-194
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 195-233

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Ameisen Atta colombica Biodiversität Blattschneiderameisen Herbivorie Regenwald Seed Tropen Vegetation ants biodiversity ecology herbivory insect leaf-cutting ants

Authors and affiliations

  • Rainer Wirth
    • 1
  • Hubert Herz
    • 2
  • Ronald J. Ryel
    • 3
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
    • 4
  • Bert Hölldobler
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie, Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine BotanikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserlauternGermany
  2. 2.Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Verhaltensphysiologie und Soziobiologie (Zoologie II)Universität WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife SciencesUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  4. 4.Lehrstuhl für experimentelle Ökologie und ÖkosystembiologieUniversität Bielefeld W4-107BielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-05259-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07865-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05259-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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