ROLE OF GRASSHOPPER DIVERSITY IN RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS

Researchers from the University of Houston are looking at grasshopper diversity in grassland systems. This project will examine the effects of grasshopper diversity on a range of ecosystem processes under high and low productivity levels at a single site, and collect baseline data on grasshopper and plant communities along a latitudinal gradient. These data support NIFA A1111 program goals of improved insect pest management through better understanding of insect-plant interactions, and will form the basis of a future proposal to determine how grasshopper diversity influences ecosystem services in rangelands along a latitudinal productivity gradient.