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TREE vol. 14, no. 5 May 1999 0169-5347/99/$ see front matter 1999 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved. PII: S0169-5347(98)01576-6 179 ow sessile plants defend
 

Summary: TREE vol. 14, no. 5 May 1999 0169-5347/99/$ see front matter 1999 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved. PII: S0169-5347(98)01576-6 179
H
ow sessile plants defend
themselves against attack
from herbivores has been
the subject of much in-
vestigation over the past century.
Early observers noted that insect
taxa tended to attack plants with
similar tissue chemistries. Based
on observations of the deterrent
and protective properties of phyto-
chemicals, Ehrlich and Raven1
proposed that the defensive role
of phytochemicals against her-
bivory resulted in the codiversifi-
cation of plant and insect groups.
In the past decade, researchers
have increasingly focused on
alternative defensive traits of

  

Source: Agrawal, Anurag - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Entomollogy, Cornell University

 

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