Herbivory on planted dipterocarp seedlings in secondary logged forests and primary forests of Sabah, Malaysia

Howlett, Bruce E. and Davidson, Diane W. (2001) Herbivory on planted dipterocarp seedlings in secondary logged forests and primary forests of Sabah, Malaysia. [Research Paper]

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Abstract

Leaf defences, leaf nutritional quality and leaf expansion rates may vary with resource availabilities to plants. Such variation could affect rates of leaf loss to herbivores, particularly along the steep resource gradients in disturbed forests. Intraspecific and interspecific variation in leaf damage and leaf expansion rates were measured on dipterocarp seedlings planted into secondary forests 1, 5 and 15 y after logging, and in adjacent primary forest of Sabah, Malaysia. Herbivory rates or amounts of leaf damage were compared across habitats and species for expanding, recently expanded, and mature leaves of Shorea leprosula and Dtyobalanops lanceolata (Dipterocarpaceae). In all four habitats, leaves of the faster growing S. leprosula sustained higher rates and amounts of leaf-area loss than did the tougher leaves of slower growing D. lanceolata. Expanding leaves accumulated more leaf-area loss per week than did mature leaves. In all habitats and in both species, more than 25% of expanding leaves disappeared entirely. Rates of leaf-area loss per week differed among habitats for expanding leaves but not for mature leaves. In a relatively open, 1-y-old logged forest, faster leaf expansion reduced the time leaves spent in the most vulnerable stage; however, in S. leprosula a greater rate of leaf area loss countered the shorter expansion time. Thus, leaves accumulated similar total damages across habitats, and herbivory did not produce differences among habitats in seedling growth or mortality. High levels of resources may increase both leaf palatability and leaf expansion rates, with counteracting effects on herbivory.

Item Type: Research Paper
Creators: Howlett, Bruce E. and Davidson, Diane W.
Title: Herbivory on planted dipterocarp seedlings in secondary logged forests and primary forests of Sabah, Malaysia
Date: 2001
Location: Sabah Forestry Department website
Publication: Sabah Forestry Department
Physical Description: 19p.
Agency Name: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 08:44
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 08:44
URI: http://myagric.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/12876

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