Allocating nitrogen away from a herbivore: a novel compensatory response to root herbivory

  title={Allocating nitrogen away from a herbivore: a novel compensatory response to root herbivory},
  author={Beth A. Newingham and Ragan Morrison Callaway and Hormoz Bassirirad},
Centaurea maculosa, an invasive North American plant species, shows a high degree of tolerance to the root-boring biocontrol herbivore, Agapeta zoegana. For example, infested individuals of C. maculosa often exhibit more rigorous growth and reproduction compared with their non-infested counterparts. Compensatory responses to aboveground herbivores often involve increases in leaf area and/or photosynthetic capacity, but considerably less is known about root system compensatory responses to… CONTINUE READING

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