Introduction to the symposium: parasites and pests in motion: biology, biodiversity and climate change
Williams, J.D.; Boyko, C.B. (2016). Introduction to the symposium: parasites and pests in motion: biology, biodiversity and climate change. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56(4): 556-560. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icb/icw085
In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. Oxford University Press: McLean, VA. ISSN 1540-7063; e-ISSN 1557-7023, meer
Although climate change can cause extreme alterations to ecosystems, only limited research has investigated how altered physical conditions (e.g., warming, extreme temperature events, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and altered precipitation) influence species interactions. In particular, the interplay between host and parasites in such a changing world is in need of study. Our objective in organizing this symposium was to bring together researchers working on a wide variety of natural enemies (parasites, pathogens, and pests), to exchange knowledge on how aspects of global climate change may alter the distribution and ecology of these organisms and their hosts. It is our intention that the symposium and the resulting articles will foster more accurate modeling of and predictions about the impacts of climate change on the biology and ecology of natural enemies and their hosts.
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