Understanding the impacts of climate change on agricultural insect pests across Africa

Madeleine G. Barton
2016 2016 International Congress of Entomology   unpublished
F orests throughout the world are suffering from an increase in the frequency and severity of droughts as well as pathogen and insect infestations. These climate-exacerbated factors are leading to tree diebacks-the progressive death of tree branches-and subsequent large-scale forest die-offs, the effects of which are not well understood. Preliminary results from our study indicate that while the number of insect species along forest die-off gradients might not be affected, their composition is
more » ... eir composition is changing. CLIMTREE is an international project funded by the Belmont Forum that assesses the impact of climate-induced forest die-off on invertebrate biodiversity in highland forests in France, Germany, and China. This project aims to better understand how tree mortality and associated changes in forest composition affect biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Our study measures changes in the insect communities along dieback and salvage-logging gradients of silver fir (Abies alba) forests in the French
doi:10.1603/ice.2016.105548 fatcat:3hov5ir7f5hhhcsixq32ufndoi