Monday, February 14, 2005

9: Plant genetic determinants of arthropod community structure and diversity, Gimp, et al. (2005) Evolution 59:1

Different genotypes (parents and offspring) in a plant community host different arthropod species. This has broad implications, for ecology and the evolution of plants and the insects associated with them. In particular, it offers insight into mechanisms for speciation in both the plants and the insects, especially if different pollinators become associated with different genotypes. Testable evolutionary hypotheses which assume co-evolution between these trees and their arthropod communities.