Fall 2017 Seminar

Dr Julio Bernal: Plant-Insect interactions in the face of climate change

The two most recent episodes of climate change are particularly relevant to plant-insect interactions and pest management. The first episode occurred at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, and the second is the ongoing transition, from the Holocene to the Anthropocene. The Pleistocene-Holocene transition brought warmer temperatures, greater rainfall, increased CO2 levels, and agriculture. The second transition promises warmer temperatures, variable rainfall, increased CO2 levels, and highly intensive agriculture. This Seminar’s goal will be to explore the relevance (if any) of those climate change episodes to plant-insect interactions and the implications for pest evolution and management.

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