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Insect-plants interactions may also be disturbed by climate change but in tropical rainforests, they need to be documented and understood first. Recently, we studied the interaction between ants and leaf litter, seed predator interaction networks and insect herbivory on seedlings, taking advantage of vegetation data at ForestGEO sites. These include, for example, plant taxonomic knowledge and phylogenetic relations, plant spatial distribution, plant mortality, phenology and abundance, seed rain and climatic data.

Key publications:

Gripenberg, S., Basset, Y., Lewis, O.T., Terry, J.C.D., Wright, S.J., Simón, I., Fernández, D.C., Cedeño-Sanchez, M., Rivera, M., Barrios, H., Brown, J.W., Calderón, O., Cognato, A.I., Kim, J., Miller, S.E., Morse, G.E., Pinzón-Navarro, S., Quicke, D.L.J., Robbins, R.K., Salminen, J.-P. & Vesterinen, E. 2019. A highly-resolved food web for insect seed predators in a species-rich tropical forest. Ecology Letters, 22, 1638–1649.
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Dahl, C., Ctvrtecka, R., Gripenberg, S., Lewis, O.T., Segar, S.T., Klimes, P., Sam, K., Rinan, D., Filip, J., Lilip, R., Kongnoo, P., Panmeng, M., Putnaul, S., Reungaew, M., Rivera, M., Barrios, H., Davies, S.J., Bunyavejchewin, S., Wright, S.J., Weiblen, G.D., Novotny, V, & Basset, Y. 2019. The insect-focused classification of fruit syndromes in tropical rainforests: an inter-continental comparison. Biotropica, 51, 39-49.
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Basset, Y., Dahl, C., Ctvrtecka, R., Gripenberg, S., Lewis, O.T., Segar, S.T., Klimes, P., Barrios, H., Brown, J.W., Bunyavejchewin, S., Butcher, B.A., Cognato, A.I., Davies, S.J., Kaman, O., Knizek, M., Miller, S.E., Morse, G.E., Novotny, V., Pongpattananurak, N., Pramual, P., Quicke, D.L.J., Robbins, R.K., Sakchoowong, W., Schutze, M., Vesterinen, E.J., Wang, W.-z., Wang, Y.-y., Weiblen, G. & Wright, S.J. 2018. A cross-continental comparison of assemblages of seed- and fruit-feeding insects in tropical rainforests: faunal composition and rates of attack. Journal of Biogeography, 45, 1395-1407.
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Sakchoowong, W., Hasin, S., Pachey, N., Amornsak, W., Ponpinij, P., Bunyavejchewin, S., Kongnoo, P. & Basset, Y. 2015. Influence of leaf litter composition on ant assemblages in a lowland tropical rainforest in Thailand. Asian Myrmecology, 7, 57-71.
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Yves Basset
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Richard Čtvrtečka
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