Unprecedented forest declines and diebacks are expected worldwide in response to global change. Insects can trigger or contribute to these disturbances, which can in turn have either beneficial or detrimental retroactive cascading effects on insect communities. However, we are still unsure of the effects that pests will have on these disturbances in the future, and new biodiversity and pest management strategies still need to be put into place. Several recent contributions to Annals of Forest Science address these issues.
Sallé, A., Bouget, C. Victims or perpetrators: contribution and response of insects to forest diebacks and declines. Annals of Forest Science 77, 104 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13595-020-01009-0
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This article is part of the Topical Collection “Entomological issues during forest diebacks“