Interspecific interactions in tropical forests
Sofia Gripenberg, from University of Oxford in UK, will give a talk about "Plant-enemy interactions in tropical forests - a community level perspective". More about Sofia Gripenberg at the University of Oxford's web.
A key challenge for plant ecologists is to understand how the spectacular diversity of plants in tropical forests is maintained and structured: How is it possible that so many species can coexist in tropical forests, and what processes determine the abundance, distribution and dynamics of individual plant species in these hyperdiverse communities? My talk will focus on the potential importance of natural enemies of plants. Using examples from our work in Central America (Belize and Panama) I will discuss the multiple ways in which enemies such as pathogens, insect herbivores, and seed predators can contribute to shaping tropical forest diversity.