The global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores

  title={The global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores},
  author={Matthew L. Forister and Vojtěch Novotn{\'y} and Anna K. Panorska and Leontine Baje and Yves Basset and Philip T. Butterill and Lukas Cizek and Phyllis D. Coley and Francesca Dem and Ivone Rezende Diniz and Pavel Drozd and Mark S. Fox and Andrea E. Glassmire and Rebecca F. Hazen and Jan Hr{\vc}ek and Joshua P. Jahner and Ondřej Kaman and Tomasz J. Kozubowski and Thomas A. Kursar and Owen T. Lewis and John T. Lill and Robert J. Marquis and Scott E. Miller and Helena C. Morais and Masashi Murakami and Herbert Nickel and Nicholas A. Pardikes and Robert E. Ricklefs and Michael S Singer and Angela M. Smilanich and John O. Stireman and Santiago Villamar{\'i}n-Cortez and {\vS}těp{\'a}n Vodka and Martin Volf and David L. Wagner and Thomas R. Walla and George D. Weiblen and Lee A. Dyer},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={442 - 447}
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