Psyche: A Journal of Entomology

Plant-Arthropod Interactions: A Behavioral Approach


Publishing date
21 Dec 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
03 Aug 2012

1Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

2University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France


Plant-Arthropod Interactions: A Behavioral Approach

Description

Comprehension of the causal mechanisms that shape the structure of ecological communities through trophic interactions is one of the most important themes in ecology. A basic tool used to study how communities are established and organized is the investigation of the direct trophic relationships influencing species interactions and biodiversity in natural systems. In a community, species may be linked directly or indirectly through resources and consumption. The major part of the fixed energy in terrestrial systems is processed autotrophically by plants, and almost all terrestrial fauna depends on this production. In systems involving three trophic levels, such as plants, herbivores, and predators, a trophic cascade describes the positive topdown effects of the third trophic level on the biomass, richness, or composition of the producer species. Predators frequently cause significant impact on density, spatial distribution, and diversity of herbivore assemblages, thereby altering the patterns and levels of herbivory in plant communities. These consequences are also observed for pollinator guilds influenced by predators. On the other hand, plant quality and herbivore action (bottom-up effects) on plant architecture, distribution, and population dynamics can also produce great impact on the associated fauna. Thus, in light of the importance of plant-animal interactions and due to the enormous advances that this research field has been experiencing over the last two decades, in both tropical and temperate areas, we invite you to submit a paper to this special issue. However, recent papers have revealed the direct and indirect importance of other arthropods in plant-animal interactions, such as spiders and isopods. Also, behavioral aspects of relationships between the second and third levels in the associated trophic chain are thought to be the basis of a better comprehension of the mechanisms maintaining the complexity and diversity in these associations. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthropod-plant interactions considering aspects of life history
  • Behavior that involves experimental manipulation

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 203208
  • - Editorial

Plant-Arthropod Interactions: A Behavioral Approach

Kleber Del-Claro | Monique Johnson | Helena Maura Torezan-Silingardi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 791395
  • - Research Article

Might Heterostyly Underlie Spider Occurrence on Inflorescences? A Case Study of Palicourea rigida (Rubiaceae), a Common Shrub from Brazilian Cerrado

Suzana Diniz | Everton Tizo-Pedroso | ... | Vanessa Stefani
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 928371
  • - Research Article

Comparison of the Ant Assemblages in Three Phytophysionomies: Rocky Field, Secondary Forest, and Riparian Forest—A Case Study in the State Park of Ibitipoca, Brazil

Juliane Floriano Santos Lopes | Noelle Martins dos Reis Hallack | ... | Roberto da Silva Camargo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 290102
  • - Research Article

Biology of Omaspides pallidipennis Boheman, 1854 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)

Paula A. A. Gomes | Fábio Prezoto | Fernando A. Frieiro-Costa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 101767
  • - Research Article

Accidental Fire in the Cerrado: Its Impact on Communities of Caterpillars on Two Species of Erythroxylum

Cintia Lepesqueur | Helena C. Morais | Ivone Rezende Diniz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 459683
  • - Research Article

Interaction between Bees and the Tristylous Flowers of Oxalis cytisoides Mart. & Zucc. (Oxalidaceae)

Cristiane Krug | Cláudia Inês Silva | Isabel Alves-dos-Santos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 478431
  • - Research Article

Flower-Visiting Social Wasps and Plants Interaction: Network Pattern and Environmental Complexity

Mateus Aparecido Clemente | Denise Lange | ... | Bruno Corrêa Barbosa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 370895
  • - Research Article

Diversity and Nesting Substrates of Stingless Bees (Hymenoptera, Meliponina) in a Forest Remnant

Estefane Nascimento Leoncini Siqueira | Bruno Ferreira Bartelli | ... | Fernanda Helena Nogueira-Ferreira
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 690203
  • - Research Article

Use of Plant Resources by Merosargus (Diptera, Stratiomyidae, Sarginae) Larvae

Julio C. R. Fontenelle | Flávia E. C. Viana-Silva | Rogério P. Martins
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 982802
  • - Research Article

Neutral Sterols of Cephalic Glands of Stingless Bees and Their Correlation with Sterols from Pollen

Maria Juliana Ferreira-Caliman | Cláudia Inês da Silva | ... | Fabio Santos do Nascimento
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