Lagged effects of herbivory impact host-choice but not nymphal survivorship in an ant-protected treehopper

Manuel Morales, Daniel Kirsch & Diana Sanchez
Theoretical studies have shown that in protection mutualism, modification of top-down control by protectors may be destabilizing. Central to this prediction are the assumptions that 1) protection mutualism increases the abundance of protected partners, 2) this increased abundance generates a lagged effect on partner resources, and 3) spatial dynamics can be ignored. Although a number of studies have confirmed that protection mutualism can increase the abundance of protected herbivores, the evidence for a negative effect...
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