Community-level relaxation of plant defenses against herbivores at high elevation

  title={Community-level relaxation of plant defenses against herbivores at high elevation},
  author={Kristine L. Callis-Duehl and Pascal Vittoz and Emmanuel Defossez and Sergio Rasmann},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
Ecological gradients shape the evolution of plant functional traits through variation in climate, abiotic factors, and biological processes. While recent observations highlight elevation clines in functional trait variation, several traits vary independently of others and vary in species-specific manner, thereby hindering community-level generalization. In this study, we examined whether whole plant communities at different elevations independently converge to elevation-specific trait values… 

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