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Ecological determinants of tropical-temperate trends in insect diversity

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Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i. 

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address: Branisovska 31
postcode: 370 05

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 Coordinator Country Czech Republic [CZ]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙349˙618 €
 EC max contribution 3˙349˙618 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2020-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i. CZ (CESKE BUDEJOVICE) coordinator 3˙349˙618.00


 Project objective

The study will examine one of the most fundamental, yet poorly understood patterns of global biodiversity distribution: How can so many species coexist in a tropical forest? This key question of current ecology will be studied using quantitative surveys of plant-herbivore-parasitoid food webs within paired sets of tropical and temperate forests from six continents, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Gabon, Panama, the Czech Republic, Japan, and USA, sampled using canopy cranes, truck-mounted elevated platforms and forest felling. This novel type of data will be analysed using a new rarefaction method, developed to test mechanistic explanations for biodiversity patterns along ecological gradients. It will evaluate competing hypotheses explaining latitudinal trends in insect herbivore diversity by the variation in either phylogenetic or functional diversity of plants, the host specificity of herbivores, or the diversity and specificity of their parasitoids and predators. The study will thus examine the importance of bottom-up (plants) and top-down (enemies) drivers of latitudinal trends in herbivore food webs, central to ecological theory that postulates the role of specialized herbivores as density-dependent agents of mortality involved in maintaining high tropical plant diversity. The project builds upon prior research that produced one of the largest tropical food web data sets to expand it conceptually, methodologically and geographically. It will build a globally important research facility (a canopy crane in PNG) and link researchers and infrastructure from several countries in a major effort to draw together separate lines of tropical and temperate research. Study sites in the ILTER, NEON, CTFS/SIGEO, and Canopy Crane Network will participate. The internationally recognized paraecologist program will be expanded, PhD students from both European and developing countries will be trained, and conservation of rainforests by indigenous rainforest dwellers will be leveraged.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Martin Volf, Petr Pyszko, Tomokazu Abe, Martin Libra, Nela Kotásková, Martin Šigut, Rajesh Kumar, Ondřej Kaman, Philip T. Butterill, Jan Šipoš, Haruka Abe, Hiroaki Fukushima, Pavel Drozd, Naoto Kamata, Masashi Murakami, Vojtech Novotny
Phylogenetic composition of host plant communities drives plant-herbivore food web structure
published pages: 556-565, ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12646
Journal of Animal Ecology 86/3 2019-07-04
2018 Jérôme Orivel, Petr Klimes, Vojtech Novotny, Maurice Leponce
Resource use and food preferences in understory ant communities along a complete elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea
published pages: 641-648, ISSN: 0006-3606, DOI: 10.1111/btp.12539
Biotropica 50/4 2019-07-04
2017 Yves Basset, Greg P.A. Lamarre, Tom Ratz, Simon T. Segar, Thibaud Decaëns, Rodolphe Rougerie, Scott E. Miller, Filonila Perez, Ricardo Bobadilla, Yacksecari Lopez, José Alejandro Ramirez, Annette Aiello, Héctor Barrios
The Saturniidae of Barro Colorado Island, Panama: A model taxon for studying the long-term effects of climate change?
published pages: 9991-10004, ISSN: 2045-7758, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3515
Ecology and Evolution 7/23 2019-07-04
2017 Katerina Sam, Bonny Koane, Samuel Jeppy, Jana Sykorova, Vojtech Novotny
Diet of land birds along an elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep44018
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-07-04
2017 Akihiro Nakamura, Roger L. Kitching, Min Cao, Thomas J. Creedy, Tom M. Fayle, Martin Freiberg, C.N. Hewitt, Takao Itioka, Lian Pin Koh, Keping Ma, Yadvinder Malhi, Andrew Mitchell, Vojtech Novotny, Claire M.P. Ozanne, Liang Song, Han Wang, Louise A. Ashton
Forests and Their Canopies: Achievements and Horizons in Canopy Science
published pages: 438-451, ISSN: 0169-5347, DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.02.020
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32/6 2019-07-04
2018 Martin Volf, Simon T. Segar, Scott E. Miller, Brus Isua, Mentap Sisol, Gibson Aubona, Petr Å imek, Martin Moos, Juuso Laitila, Jorma Kim, Jan Zima, Jadranka Rota, George D. Weiblen, Stewart Wossa, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Yves Basset, Vojtech Novotny
Community structure of insect herbivores is driven by conservatism, escalation and divergence of defensive traits in Ficus
published pages: 83-92, ISSN: 1461-023X, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12875
Ecology Letters 21/1 2019-07-04
2017 Tomas Roslin, Bess Hardwick, Vojtech Novotny, William K. Petry, Nigel R. Andrew, Ashley Asmus, Isabel C. Barrio, Yves Basset, Andrea Larissa Boesing, Timothy C. Bonebrake, Erin K. Cameron, Wesley Dáttilo, David A. Donoso, Pavel Drozd, Claudia L. Gray, David S. Hik, Sarah J. Hill, Tapani Hopkins, Shuyin Huang, Bonny Koane, Benita Laird-Hopkins, Liisa Laukkanen, Owen T. Lewis, Sol Milne, Isaiah Mwe
Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations
published pages: 742-744, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1631
Science 356/6339 2019-07-04
2017 Leonardo R. Jorge, Vojtech Novotny, Simon T. Segar, George D. Weiblen, Scott E. Miller, Yves Basset, Thomas M. Lewinsohn
Phylogenetic trophic specialization: a robust comparison of herbivorous guilds
published pages: 551-559, ISSN: 0029-8549, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-017-3980-7
Oecologia 185/4 2019-07-04
2017 Simon T. Segar, Martin Volf, Brus Isua, Mentap Sisol, Conor M. Redmond, Margaret E. Rosati, Bradley Gewa, Kenneth Molem, Chris Dahl, Jeremy D. Holloway, Yves Basset, Scott E. Miller, George D. Weiblen, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Vojtech Novotny
Variably hungry caterpillars: predictive models and foliar chemistry suggest how to eat a rainforest
published pages: 20171803, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1803
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284/1866 2019-07-04
2018 Conor M. Redmond, John Auga, Bradley Gewa, Simon T. Segar, Scott E. Miller, Kenneth Molem, George D. Weiblen, Philip T. Butterill, Gibson Maiyah, Amelia S.C. Hood, Martin Volf, Leonardo R. Jorge, Yves Basset, Vojtech Novotný
High specialization and limited structural change in plant-herbivore networks along a successional chronosequence in tropical montane forest
published pages: in press, ISSN: 0906-7590, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03849
Ecography paper in press, see https://onl 2019-07-04
2017 S. T. Segar, M. Volf, J. Zima Jnr, B. Isua, M. Sisol, L. Sam, K. Sam, D. Souto-Vilarós, V. Novotny
Speciation in a keystone plant genus is driven by elevation: a case study in New Guinean Ficus
published pages: 512-523, ISSN: 1010-061X, DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13020
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30/3 2019-07-04

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