Consequences of interspecific variation in defenses and herbivore host choice for the ecology and evolution of Inga, a speciose rainforest tree

@article{Coley2018ConsequencesOI,
  title={Consequences of interspecific variation in defenses and herbivore host choice for the ecology and evolution of Inga, a speciose rainforest tree},
  author={Phyllis D Coley and Mar{\'i}a-Jos{\'e} Endara and Thomas A. Kursar},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2018},
  volume={187},
  pages={361-376}
}
We summarize work on a speciose Neotropical tree genus, Inga (Fabaceae), examining how interspecific variation in anti-herbivore defenses may have evolved, how defenses shape host choice by herbivores and how they might regulate community composition and influence species radiations. Defenses of expanding leaves include secondary metabolites, extrafloral nectaries, rapid leaf expansion, trichomes, and synchrony and timing of leaf production. These six classes of defenses are orthogonal… CONTINUE READING
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