Insects and plants enjoy and endure a wide range of interactions including pollination, decomposition, disease transmission, and herbivory. Each of these interactions may exhibit a wide range of complexity, from mutually beneficial to parasitic, in sometimes obvious and sometimes cryptic ways. Examples of herbivores include leaf chewers, sap suckers, wood borers, gall makers, and stem, leaf, and seed miners.
In this workshop, we will explore various types of insect-plant interactions, focusing on signs, symptoms, and types of herbivory. We will begin with a discussion augmented by a slide show and hands-on inspection of different types of herbivores and signs of herbivory. We will then take a short campus field trip to observe herbivory in situ. We will finish with a show-and-tell of the day’s observations and a discussion of how individuals can continue to study these fascinating interactions on their own.
This workshop is co-presented with the Essig Museum of Entomology.
To register, please call the Jepson Herbarium at (510) 643-7008, or download a registration form from http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/workshops/2013/regform_2013.html