(Article of periodic en Français - 1982)

Document title

Comment les peuplements de plantes et d'insectes phytophages se façonnent mutuellement: la théorie coévolutive de la structure des peuplements

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The pros and cons of the coevolutionary theory of community structure are discussed. Particular attention is given to the following points: the concept of community structure, the major categories of toxichemicals and digestibility-reducing subtances involved in the "arms race" between plant producers and animal consumers, the evolutionary mechanisms implied in coevolution, the costs and benefits of the alternative adaptive strategies adopted by insect consumers (with particular emphasis on their bioenergetic implications), and the dynamic aspect of coevolution.


Article of periodic

published at : Revue d'écologie. La terre et la vie Paris

Editor :

Millesime : 1982, vol. 36, no4 [pp. 481-537]

Bibliographic references : 187 réf.



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