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Carbon dioxide-induced changes in beech foliage cause female beech weevil larvae to feed in a compensatory manner.

Docherty, Maureen and Hurst, Debra K. and Holopainen, Jarmo K. and Whittaker, John B. and Lea, Peter J. and Watt, Allan D. (1996) Carbon dioxide-induced changes in beech foliage cause female beech weevil larvae to feed in a compensatory manner. Global Change Biology, 2 (4). pp. 335-341. ISSN 1354-1013

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Abstract

The phenology of Fagus sylvatica was unaffected by exposure to an atmosphere of elevated CO2 (600 μL L-1) after two years of fumigation. Non-significant changes in nitrogen and phenolic content of the leaves decreased the nutritional status of beech for female larvae in elevated CO2 such that they responded by eating in a compensatory manner; males were unaffected. Rates of development, mortality and adult biomass of Rhynchaenus fagi were no different from those in ambient CO2 concentrations (355 μL L -1). It is possible that, with the changes in leaf chemistry affecting the females, fecundity will be altered, with important consequences for populations of beech weevil.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Global Change Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: CO2 compensatory feeding • Fagus sylvatica • herbivory • leaf-miner • Rhynchaenus fagi
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 22025
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2009 10:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22025

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