Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street Trees

  title={Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street Trees},
  author={Emily K Meineke and Robert R. Dunn and Joseph O. Sexton and Steven D. Frank},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Cities profoundly alter biological communities, favoring some species over others, though the mechanisms that govern these changes are largely unknown. Herbivorous arthropod pests are often more abundant in urban than in rural areas, and urban outbreaks have been attributed to reduced control by predators and parasitoids and to increased susceptibility of stressed urban plants. These hypotheses, however, leave many outbreaks unexplained and fail to predict variation in pest abundance within… CONTINUE READING
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