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1 Years ago

How much insects eat: Study uses Herbarium samples to understand link between climate change and insect herbivory

A first-of-its-kind study used herbarium specimens to track insect herbivory across more than a century, and found that, across four species -- shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), showy tick trefoil (Desmodium canadense) and wild lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) -- specimens collected in the early 2000s were 23 percent more likely to be damaged by insect herbivores than those collected in the early 1900s.

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