Association of plants and phytophagous insects in taiga forest ecosystems
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Richard A. Werner
Editor(s): Keith Van Cleve; F. Stuart Chapin III; Patrick W. Flanagan; Leslie A. Viereck; C. Theodore Dyrness
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • boreal ecosystems
  • insects
  • taiga
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Record Last Modified: January 7, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 1937


Plant communities in taiga forest ecosystems harbor an array of insects that exploit the vast biomass within these ecosystems. Phytophagous insects with associated parasites, predators, and saprophytes form a discrete insect community. Phytophagous species often differ among plant communities, but the associated natural insect enemies are usually not host-specific and are associated with several species of forest insects. The taiga forest ecosystems of interior Alaska have variable site characteristics, including aspect and slope. These site differences (Van Cleve et al. 1983) affect both plant species composition and plant growth and vigor, which in turn affect the population dynamics of phytophagous insects.

Online Link(s):
Werner, Richard A. 1986. Association of plants and phytophagous insects in taiga forest ecosystems. Pages 205-212 in: Van Cleve, Keith; Chapin III, F. Stuart; Flanagan, Patrick W.; Viereck, Leslie A.; Dyrness, C. Theodore (editors), Forest Ecosystems in the Alaskan Taiga: a Synthesis of Structure and Function. New York, NY: Springer Verlag. 230 p.