Can optimal defence theory be used to predict the distribution of plant chemical defences ?

  title={Can optimal defence theory be used to predict the distribution of plant chemical defences ?},
  author={Andrew C. McCall and James A. Fordyce},
1. The optimal defence theory (ODT) of chemical defence provides a predictive framework for the distribution of anti-herbivore defences in plants. One of its predictions is that chemical defences will be allocated within a plant as a function of tissue value, where value is correlated with the cost of having that tissue removed. While many studies have examined intra-plant variation in defence chemistry, these results have rarely been compiled quantitatively to assess whether defence allocation… CONTINUE READING
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