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Interactions of Insects and Plants

Cataloging the Interactions of Insects and Plants

By Thomas Kursar, Department of Biology

For our NSF-funded project, “Dimensions: Coexistence, Herbivore Host Choice, and Plant-Herbivore Evolution in the Recently Radiated and Speciose Neotropical Tree Genus, Inga," we developed a data repository that is based at CHPC. Our NSF project addresses critical, long-standing questions in tropical ecology, the origin and maintenance of diversity. We focus on the herbivorous insects that consume leaves and the defenses of plants against these invertebrates. We hypothesize that the diversity among plant species of their anti-herbivore defenses is exceedingly high. If it is the case that each species has a distinct defensive niche, this could explain how tropical forests maintain an exceedingly high number of coexisting species. Additionally, we hypothesize that the arms race between plants and herbivores may drive divergence and speciation, thus explaining the origin of diversity in tropical rainforests. Our repository supports this project by storing data and images on plants, herbivores, and the toxic metabolites that plants make in order to defend themselves.

System Status

General Environment

last update: 2018-03-23 06:33:02
General Nodes
system cores % util.
ember 792/972 81.48%
kingspeak 584/880 66.36%
notchpeak 480/576 83.33%
lonepeak 1088/1112 97.84%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
ash 5212/6584 79.16%
notchpeak 256/384 66.67%
ember 1052/1220 86.23%
kingspeak 2012/6672 30.16%
lonepeak 320/400 80%

Protected Environment

last update: 2018-03-23 06:30:13
General Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 408/436 93.58%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 1312/1396 93.98%

Cluster Utilization

Last Updated: 3/14/18