A field test of the directed deterrence hypothesis in two species of wild chili

@article{Levey2006AFT,
  title={A field test of the directed deterrence hypothesis in two species of wild chili},
  author={Douglas J. Levey and Joshua J Tewksbury and Martin L. Cipollini and Tom{\'a}s A. Carlo},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2006},
  volume={150},
  pages={61-68}
}
The directed deterrence hypothesis posits that secondary metabolites in ripe fruit function to deter fruit consumption by vertebrates that do not disperse seeds, while not impacting consumption by those that do. We tested this hypothesis in two species of wild chilies (Capsicum spp.). Both produce fruits that contain capsaicinoids, the compounds responsible for the pungency of chilies. Previous work suggests seed-dispersing birds but not seed-destroying rodents consume chili fruits, presumably… CONTINUE READING

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