Mutualism, Antiherbivore Defense, and Trophic Cascades: Piper Ant-Plants as a Mesocosm for Experimentation

@inproceedings{Letourneau2004MutualismAD,
  title={Mutualism, Antiherbivore Defense, and Trophic Cascades: Piper Ant-Plants as a Mesocosm for Experimentation},
  author={Deborah K. Letourneau},
  year={2004}
}
The investigation of Piper ant-plants extends back through half of my lifetime, beginning in Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica in the summer of 1978 (as a graduate student in the Organization for Tropical Studies, Fundamentals of Tropical Biology course). At a loss to help me find an independent study topic on agricultural systems (my dogged interest) at this site of rich lowland forest, mangroves, and sandy beaches, ecologists Doyle McKee and David Janos urged me to… CONTINUE READING