Seasonal and habitat differences affect the impact of food and predation on herbivores : a comparison between gaps and understory of a tropical forest

@inproceedings{Richards2006SeasonalAH,
  title={Seasonal and habitat differences affect the impact of food and predation on herbivores : a comparison between gaps and understory of a tropical forest},
  author={Lora A. Richards and Phyllis D Coley},
  year={2006}
}
Herbivore populations are influenced by a combination of food availability and predator pressure, the relative contribution of which is hypothesized to vary across a productivity gradient. In tropical forests, treefall gaps are pockets of high productivity in the otherwise less productive forest understory. Thus, we hypothesize that higher light availability in gaps will increase plant resources, thereby decreasing resource limitation of herbivores relative to the understory. As a result… CONTINUE READING