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Herbivory increases diversification across insect clades [Nature communications]

Keywords : Biological sciences,Ecology,Evolution

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Insects contain more than half of all living species, but the causes of their remarkable diversity remain poorly understood. Many authors have suggested that herbivory has accelerated diversification in many insect clades. However, others have questioned the role of herbivory in insect diversification. Here, we test the relationships between herbivory and insect diversification across multiple scales. We find a strong, positive relationship between herbivory and diversification among insect orders.(...)

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