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A Green or a Prickly World?

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Science  26 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5973, pp. 1583-1584
DOI: 10.1126/science.1187724

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Is the world a green place where plant biomass abounds for herbivores to devour, or a prickly place where herbivores struggle to locate the few edible plant pieces? The answer to this question has crucial consequences for broad ecological and evolutionary questions. On page 1642 of this issue, Mooney et al. (1) show how evolutionary trade-offs among plant traits affect responses to herbivores and higher trophic levels.