Niche construction theory can link bark beetle-fungus symbiosis type and colonization behavior to large scale causal chain-effects

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    Abstract

    Bark beetles form a variety of symbioses with fungi. Recent studies reveal how the fungi influence beetle nutrition and detoxify tree defenses and provide insight into why these symbioses vary so greatly in their outcomes, not only for host and symbiont, but also for the forest ecosystems within which they exist. Here, I review recent advances in our knowledge of these systems. I then introduce how niche construction theory can provide a framework to use this knowledge to better understand how different symbiosis types result in a gradient of ecosystem effects ranging from massive and durable to those of little ecological consequence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-34
    Number of pages8
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
    Volume39
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2020

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