10. The Ecological Consequences of Insect Outbreaks

  1. Pedro Barbosa2,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau3 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal4,5
  1. Louie H. Yang

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch10

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Yang, L. H. (2012) The Ecological Consequences of Insect Outbreaks, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited (eds P. Barbosa, D. K. Letourneau and A. A. Agrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA

  2. 3

    Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

  3. 4

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

  4. 5

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205

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Keywords:

  • ecological consequences of insect outbreaks;
  • outbreaking insects as consumers;
  • direct negative effects of consumption;
  • insect “outbreaks,” “plagues,” and “irruptions”;
  • community consequences of insect outbreaks;
  • outbreaking insects, communities via multiple mechanisms;
  • heterogeneity effects at higher trophic levels;
  • outbreaking insects as resources;
  • outbreak herbivory, regulating diversity of natural systems

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Outbreaking insects as consumers: Does outbreak herbivory reduce plant growth?

  • Outbreaking insects as ecosystem engineers: How do insect outbreaks affect succession?

  • Outbreaking insects as competitors: Do insect outbreaks increase competition?

  • Outbreaking insects as resources: Do insect outbreaks increase resource availability?

  • Key themes and future directions

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References