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Enemy Impact on Plant Communities in a Changing World

Version 1 : Received: 1 February 2020 / Approved: 3 February 2020 / Online: 3 February 2020 (03:32:42 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 22 July 2020 / Approved: 23 July 2020 / Online: 23 July 2020 (10:36:26 CEST)

How to cite: Kempel, A.; Auge, H.; Allan, E. Enemy Impact on Plant Communities in a Changing World. Preprints 2020, 2020020005 Kempel, A.; Auge, H.; Allan, E. Enemy Impact on Plant Communities in a Changing World. Preprints 2020, 2020020005

Abstract

Indirect effects of global change via changing species interactions have been largely ignored in studies predicting global change impacts on ecosystems. Antagonistic biotic interactions, however, can strongly affect ecosystems and are likely to be affected by global change drivers themselves. We synthesize current knowledge on the impact of invertebrate herbivores and pathogens on plant productivity, diversity and community composition, and outline theory and expectations on how important global change drivers – nitrogen enrichment, climate change and elevated CO2, and plant and insect diversity loss, may affect enemy impact on plant communities. We illustrate that our ability to predict global change impact requires a holistic perspective, taking into account direct as well as indirect effects via the biotic component of ecosystems.

Subject Areas

global change; plant-herbivore interactions; plant-pathogen interactions; coexistence; antagonistic biotic interactions

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Received: 23 July 2020
Commenter: Anne Kempel
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