ENT/BOT/ZOOL 473: Plant – Insect Interactions

Kenneth F. Raffa

345 Russell Laboratories

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ent473This course describes the multiple ways in which arthropods exploit plants, and how these interactions can affect plant growth, survival, and competition. Topics include plant traits that deter or augment insect behavior and development, insect behavioral and physiological counter adaptations, and environmental mediation of these interactions. Consequences of plant – herbivore interactions to insect population dynamics, plant succession & community ecology, and co-evolution are discussed. Implications of basic plant – insect interaction theory to natural resource management, environmental quality, and sustainable development are considered.