Behavioural and community ecology of plants that cry for help.

  title={Behavioural and community ecology of plants that cry for help.},
  author={Marcel Dicke},
  journal={Plant, cell & environment},
  volume={32 6},
Plants respond to insect herbivory with the production of volatiles that attract carnivorous enemies of the herbivores, a phenomenon called indirect defence or 'plants crying for help'. Plants are under selection to maximize Darwinian fitness, and this can be done by making the right 'decisions' (i.e. by responding to environmental stress in ways that maximize seed production). Plant decisions related to the response to herbivory in terms of the emission of herbivore-induced volatiles include… CONTINUE READING

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