A trophic cascade induced by predatory ants in a fig-fig wasp mutualism.

@article{Wang2014ATC,
  title={A trophic cascade induced by predatory ants in a fig-fig wasp mutualism.},
  author={Bo Wang and Xiang-Zong Geng and Li-Bin Ma and James M Cook and Rui-Wu Wang},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={83 5},
  pages={1149-57}
}
A trophic cascade occurs when predators directly decrease the densities, or change the behaviour, of herbivores and thus indirectly increase plant productivity. The predator-herbivore-plant context is well known, but some predators attack species beneficial to plants (e.g. pollinators) and/or enemies of herbivores (e.g. parasites), and their role in the dynamics of mutualisms remains largely unexplored. We surveyed the predatory ant species and studied predation by the dominant ant species, the… CONTINUE READING