Nest-site Limitation in Coffee Agroecosystems : Artificial Nests Maintain Diversity of Arboreal Ants

  title={Nest-site Limitation in Coffee Agroecosystems : Artificial Nests Maintain Diversity of Arboreal Ants},
  author={Stacy M. Philpott}
Nest sites are a limiting resource for arboreal twig-nesting ants, and nest sites may be increasingly limited with habitat modification. One such habitat modification is the conversion of traditional coffee farms, where coffee is cultivated under a dense, diverse shade canopy, to more intensive production systems with reduced canopy cover and lower diversity, height, and density of shade trees. As a result of such management intensification, ant diversity declines. We ask here if: (1) nest… CONTINUE READING
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