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Convergence in defense syndromes of young leaves in tropical rainforests

@inproceedings{Kursara2003ConvergenceID,
  title={Convergence in defense syndromes of young leaves in tropical rainforests},
  author={T. A. Kursara and P. D. Coleya},
  year={2003}
}
  • T. A. Kursara, P. D. Coleya
  • Published 2003
  • In tropical forests, the majority of damage by herbivores or pathogens occurs on young leaves, yet the patterns of damage and the factors that influence them are poorly known. By measuring damage throughout leaf development and maturation for five species in a Panamanian forest, we showed that leaf toughening, which only occurs over a few days once the leaf is fully expanded, is the main factor decreasing damage in mature leaves. Although rates of damage to young leaves are, on average, orders… CONTINUE READING

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