Plant pathogens structure arthropod communities across multiple spatial and temporal scales

A.J.M. Tack, M. Dicke

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Plant pathogens and herbivores frequently co-occur on the same host plants. Despite this, little is known about the impact of their interactions on the structure of plant-based ecological communities. Here, we synthesize evidence that indicates that plant pathogens may profoundly impact arthropod performance, preference, population dynamics and community structure across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Intriguingly, the effects of plantpathogenherbivore interactions frequently cascade up and down multiple trophic levels and explain variation in the arthropod community at spatial scales ranging from patterns within single host plants to entire landscapes. This review indicates that knowledge on pathogenherbivore interactions may be crucial for understanding the dynamics of terrestrial communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-645
JournalFunctional Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • tobacco mosaic-virus
  • weed cirsium-arvense
  • shared host-plant
  • induced resistance
  • mediated interactions
  • phytopathogenic fungus
  • phytophagous insects
  • powdery mildew
  • rust fungus
  • interspecific interactions

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