Insects Key to Rain Forest Diversity, Study Shows

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 10, 2005   View Article

When it comes to maintaining and accentuating the mind-boggling plant diversity of the Amazon rain forests, insects are a friend, not a foe, according to a new study.

“The point is that insect herbivores magnify the differences between the habitats,” said Paul Fine, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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