The Multiple Impacts of Leaf‐Cutting Ants and Their Novel Ecological Role in Human‐Modified Neotropical Forests

@article{Leal2014TheMI,
  title={The Multiple Impacts of Leaf‐Cutting Ants and Their Novel Ecological Role in Human‐Modified Neotropical Forests},
  author={I. Leal and R. Wirth and M. Tabarelli},
  journal={Biotropica},
  year={2014},
  volume={46},
  pages={516-528}
}
  • I. Leal, R. Wirth, M. Tabarelli
  • Published 2014
  • Biology
  • Biotropica
  • Herbivory has been identified as a potent evolutionary force, but its ecological impacts have been frequently underestimated. Leaf-cutting ants represent one of the most important herbivores of the Neotropics and offer an interesting opportunity to address the role played by herbivorous insects through a perspective that embraces population- to ecosystem-level effects. Here we: (1) qualitatively summarize the multiple ways leaf-cutting ants interact with food plants and their habitats and… CONTINUE READING
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