The role of biotic interactions in shaping tropical forest diversity
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Symposium

The role of biotic interactions in shaping tropical forest diversity

Thu, July 14, 10:30 - 12:30 hrs, Room: Barahona 2

Organizer(s):

Phyllis Coley

The symposium will explore how the distribution and abundance of tropical trees are influenced by the interactions with microbes and insect pests, and how plant traits can shape the nature and extent of pest pressure.

The high diversity of tropical forests is in part shaped by interactions with microbes and insect pests. The symposium will explore how the distribution and abundance of tropical trees are influenced by these interactions, and how plant traits can shape the nature and extent of pest pressure.


The role of plant-insect interactions in community assembly at local and regional scales
María-José Endara, Phyllis Coley*, Dale Forrister, Kyle Dexter and Toby Pennington

Exploring the phytochemical landscape in space and time: Implications for the evolution of tropical trees and species coexistence
Dale Forrister*, María-José Endara, Gordon Younkin, Phyllis Coley and Thomas Kursar

Pests and pathogens in tropical disturbed habitats: heliconias as a model system
Julieta Benitez-Malvido*

Latitudinal gradients in tritrophic interaction diversity.
Lee Dyer*

Multi-host pathogens and the maintenance of forest diversity
Erin Spear*

Seed infecting fungi, an understudied component of plant-microbial interactions, show strong host-specific effects on seed survival and germination
Jim Dalling*, Camilo Zalamea, Carolina Sarmiento, Adam Davis and A. Arnold

Extending Janzen-Connell to seeds: Spatial structure of survival, germination, and seed-associated fungi in a lowland tropical forest
Carolina Sarmiento*, A. Arnold, Jim Dalling, Adam Davis, Daniela Varon-Garcia, Elizabeth Bowman and Camilo Zalamea

Presentations