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dc.contributor.advisorKitching, Roger
dc.contributor.authorBito, Darrenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:29:22Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:29:22Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/366400
dc.description.abstractHerbivory is one of the major ecosystem processes, as are pollination and seed dispersal, which drives ecological changes in both the phytophagous fauna and their host plant assemblages. The amount of herbivory damage on a host species represents not only the amount of herbivory pressure due to phytophagous insects but also the predatory pressure due to predators at higher trophic levels. Furthermore, additional interactions of climate and environmental factors determine the conditions of the host species and subsequently the assemblage of herbivorous insects that colonize them. All these direct and indirect, positive and negative influence of climate and environmental factors combined with the requirement to propagate themselves cascades to through the higher trophic levels down to assemblage of herbivorous insects and their host species at the lower trophic levels. This study considered the host specificity of caterpillars, herbivory pressure and herbivory damage on trees and shrubs along an altitudinal gradient within subtropical and temperate rainforest. The work has attempted to show how a selected ecological process (herbivory) is being influenced by various factors including altitude, ant predation pressure and host plant species, canopy strata and physical properties of leaves.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherGriffith Universityen_US
dc.publisher.placeBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.en_US
dc.subject.keywordsHerbivoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordsPhytophagous faunaen_US
dc.subject.keywordsSub tropical rainforesten_US
dc.subject.keywordsTemperate rainforesten_US
dc.subject.keywordsClimate changeen_US
dc.titleStructure and Dynamics of Herbivore Assemblages Along an Altitudinal Gradient: Indicators of Climate Changeen_US
dc.typeGriffith thesisen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education and Lawen_US
gro.facultyScience, Environment, Engineering and Technologyen_US
gro.description.notepublicThis thesis has been scanned. The original was slightly off centre.en_US
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dc.contributor.otheradvisorHughes, Jane
dc.rights.accessRightsPublicen_US
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1337148221899en_US
gro.source.ADTshelfnoADT0en_US
gro.source.GURTshelfnoGURT1319en_US
gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)en_US
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
gro.departmentGriffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.griffith.authorBito, Darren


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