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Response to Comment on "Why Are There So Many Species of Herbivorous Insects in Tropical Rainforests?"

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Science  23 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5819, pp. 1666
DOI: 10.1126/science.1139702

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Norton and Didham suggest that differences in plant abundance between tropical and temperate forests may influence the host specificity of herbivores in these forests. We agree in principle but show that this is likely only for very rare plant species in tropical forests. Studies of herbivores hosted by rare plant species would help our understanding of tropical plant-insect interactions.

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