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Induced Responses to Herbivory and Increased Plant Performance

Science  20 Feb 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5354, pp. 1201-1202
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5354.1201

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Abstract

Plant resistance to herbivores was induced in a field experiment to evaluate the consequences of induced responses for subsequent herbivory and plant fitness. Induction early in the season resulted in halving of herbivory by chewing herbivores and a reduction in the abundance of phloem-feeding aphids when compared with controls. A correlate of lifetime plant fitness, seed mass, was enhanced by over 60 percent for individuals that were induced.

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