Cutting More from Cut Forests: Edge Effects on Foraging and Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants in Brazil

@article{Urbas2007CuttingMF,
  title={Cutting More from Cut Forests: Edge Effects on Foraging and Herbivory of Leaf-Cutting Ants in Brazil},
  author={Pille Urbas and M. V. Ara{\'u}jo and I. Leal and R. Wirth},
  journal={Biotropica},
  year={2007},
  volume={39},
  pages={489-495}
}
  • Pille Urbas, M. V. Araújo, +1 author R. Wirth
  • Published 2007
  • Biology
  • Biotropica
  • Edge-mediated changes in species composition are known to result in modified species interactions. Because of the crucial trophic position of herbivores and their far-reaching impact on plant communities, it is important to understand how edge influences herbivory. In the present paper, we investigated whether and how leaf-cutting ant foraging is altered in the forest edge, as this habitat is characterized by an increased proportion of pioneer species. We assessed basic foraging data as well as… CONTINUE READING
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