Micro-climate molds and reshapes northern insect communities, herbivory and predation

Climate and changes in it have direct impacts on species of plant and animals – but climate may also shape more complex biological systems like food webs. Now a research group has investigated how micro-climate shapes each level of the ecosystem, from species’ abundances in predator communities to parasitism rates in key herbivores, and ultimately to damage suffered by plants. The results reveal how climate change may drastically reshape northern ecosystems.