Navigation Links
Tropical insects 'go the distance' to inform rainforest conservation
Date:8/13/2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. The long-held belief that plant-eating insects in tropical forests are picky eaters that stay close to home dining only on locale-specific vegetation is being challenged by new research findings that suggest these insects feast on a broader menu of foliage and can be consistently found across hundreds of miles of tropical forestland.

These findings have significant implications related to the sustainability and conservation of these globally-important areas.

Michigan State University scientist Anthony Cognato and graduate student Jiri Hulcr were part of an international team that conducted this groundbreaking research, the results of which are described in the Aug.ust 9 online issue of the journal Nature. The group included scientists from Australia, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, New Guinea and the United States.

Tropical rain forests are home to a rich diversity of plants, birds, insects and other animals, said Hulcr, an entomology PhD doctoral student working with Cognato and co-author of the report. They also play an important role in our global climate and provide aesthetic, recreational and medicinal benefits. For these reasons and others, it is critical that we understand how these forests generate and sustain their diversity and what we can do to help conserve them.

The study included approximately 500 species of caterpillars, beetles and fruitfliesfruit flies from common plant-eating families and 175 species from four diverse plant groups across 28,950 square miles of contiguous lowland rain forest in Paupua, New Guinea.

Cognato and Hulcr were key collaborators on the project because of their expertise related to the biology and ecology of the bark and ambrosia beetle family, a model group of insects compoprised of 6,000 species worldwide, and one common to tropical rain forests.

What we found was that the composition of the community of beetles does no
'/>"/>

Contact: Jiri Hulcr
hulcr@msu.edu
517-432-2373
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Finding Cures For Tropical Diseases: Is Open Source An Answer?
2. An (ecological) origin of species for tropical reef fish
3. Tropical Deforestation affects rainfall in the U.S. and around the globe
4. Birds and bats sow tropical seeds
5. Tropical dry forests receive international recognition
6. Scientists must offer solutions for conserving tropical forests in a rapidly changing world
7. Tropical Atlantic cooling and African deforestation correlate to drought, report scientists
8. Diverse tropical forests defy metabolic ecology models
9. Tropical forest CO2 emissions tied to nutrient increases
10. Agriculture and tropical conservation: rethinking old ideas
11. New understanding of parasite cell structures may provide treatments for serious tropical diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2014)... kidney injury related to the use of hydroxyethyl starch ... molecules, according to a report in Anesthesia & ... Society (IARS). , The "total mass of HES molecules" ... renal proximal tubule cells (PTCs), concludes the laboratory study ... Wrzburg, Austria. Other factorssuch as differences in the ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... exists that cannabinoid receptor type 1 can ... influx, and reduce neurotransmitter release. However, some ... can increase extracellular Ca2+ influx and increase ... team, Tongji Hospital Affiliated to Tongji Medical ... China used whole cell voltage-clamp and calcium ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... other major cities in New Mexico, nearly every public ... rather than precious potable water supplies. Across the U.S. ... golf courses receive treated effluent. Reusing the effluent increases ... courses and homeowners alike fertilize their lawns during the ... A New Mexico State University turfgrass expert has a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):In lab studies, hydroxyethyl starch has direct harmful effects on kidney cells 2'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2
... the familiar semi-aquatic bugs gliding across the lake at the ... walk on water. This was not always the case. ... unique arrangement of the legs, with the mid-legs greatly elongated. ... Evolutionary Biology have discovered the gene behind this evolutionary change. ...
... human brain distinctly separates the handling of images of ... image type in a different area of the brain. ... visual information in this manner to optimize processing the ... people who have been blind since birth the brain ...
... Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of ... East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, ... scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and ... Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) lab in Narragansett, R.I., recently ...
Cached Biology News:Brain innately separates living and non-living objects for processing 2Scientists conduct shark survey off US East Coast 2Scientists conduct shark survey off US East Coast 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... --  Ceres, Inc . (Nasdaq: CERE ), ... results for the three months ended May 31, 2014 ... Ceres reported that the company and its customers have ... in Brazil, which concluded in June, despite dry and ... for part of the growing season. Yields of several ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor ... use of light and special glass fibres. , Published ... , the researchers describe a novel optical fibre sensor ... 6.3 ppm (parts per million). It requires an analysis ... detection has involved looking for metals that encase them ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... A new study published today in the journal ... has found that time of day and sleep deprivation ... could be crucial when looking at the best time ... and heart disease, and for administering medicines effectively. , ... of Cancer Research, London, investigated the links between sleep ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Hall effect in bilayer graphene and shown that this ... electric field. , The fractional quantum Hall effect, ... are exposed to large magnetic fields, is a striking ... behave as a single system. However, while the basic ... of this collective behavior remain not well understood, in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 3Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 4Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 5Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 6Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 7Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 8Ceres Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 9Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light 2Time of day crucial to accurately test for diseases, new research finds 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 3
... at the U.S. Department of Energy,s Savannah River National Laboratory ... nature can increase the usefulness of solar energy as a ... with Peng Jiang of the University of Florida, SRNL,s Dr. ... of this new approach for increasing the productivity of solar ...
... ... India , ... June 25, 2009 -- DuPont today announced it has made two cotton acquisitions ... business Pioneer Hi-Bred has purchased the cotton seed business of Nandi Seeds, based ...
... Resigning as CEO , , Board member Melinda Moree named ... for Global Health (BVGH) today announced that Christopher D. Earl, Ph.D., ... a member of the board since BVGH,s inception, will serve as ... , "I,ve been galvanized by my experience in global health and ...
Cached Biology Technology:SRNL to study applicability of solar cell coatings 2DuPont Adds Cotton to India Seed Product Lineup 2DuPont Adds Cotton to India Seed Product Lineup 3DuPont Adds Cotton to India Seed Product Lineup 4BIO Ventures for Global Health Announces Management Changes 2
... Recognizes VAMP-2 (Vesicle-Associated Membrane Protein ... does not share homology with ... It is expected that ... with human, Macaca multata and ...
... Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 (VMAT2). An antibody ... a major band at ~55 kDa in ... and not in wild type cells (2). ... molecular weight, were also detected and remain ...
Immunogen for A300-655A was a phosphorylated synthetic peptide, which represented a portion of human RNA Polymerase II (GeneID 5430) around serine 5 of the C-terminal repeat YSPTSPS....
... CLS number is a new ... match Cornings product number. If ... order under the old Sigma-Aldrich ... service for assistance. Mfr ...
Biology Products: