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Insect Pests in Future Forests: More Severe Problems?
AbstractA common concern is that damage by insects will increase in forests as a consequence of climate change. We are assessing the likelihood of this predicted outcome by examining how other factors (especially changes in forest management practices) may interact with effects of climate change. Here we describe the strategies for improving understanding of the causes of insect outbreaks and predicting the likelihood of insect-mediated damage increasing in the future. The adopted approaches are: (i) analyses of historical data, (ii) comparison of life history traits of outbreak and non-outbreak species, (iii) experiments along climatic gradients to quantify the strength of trophic interactions, and (iv) modeling. We conclude that collaboration by researchers from many disciplines is required to evaluate available data regarding the complex interactions involved, to identify knowledge gaps, and facilitate attempts to progress beyond speculation to more robust predictions concerning future levels of insect damage to forests.
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Björkman, C.; Bylund, H.; Klapwijk, M.J.; Kollberg, I.; Schroeder, M. Insect Pests in Future Forests: More Severe Problems? Forests 2011, 2, 474-485.View more citation formats
Björkman C, Bylund H, Klapwijk MJ, Kollberg I, Schroeder M. Insect Pests in Future Forests: More Severe Problems? Forests. 2011; 2(2):474-485.Chicago/Turabian Style
Björkman, Christer; Bylund, Helena; Klapwijk, Maartje J.; Kollberg, Ida; Schroeder, Martin. 2011. "Insect Pests in Future Forests: More Severe Problems?" Forests 2, no. 2: 474-485.