Correlations between physical and chemical defences in plants: tradeoffs, syndromes, or just many different ways to skin a herbivorous cat?

  title={Correlations between physical and chemical defences in plants: tradeoffs, syndromes, or just many different ways to skin a herbivorous cat?},
  author={Angela T. Moles and Bego{\~n}a Peco and Ian Robert Wallis and W. J. Foley and Alistair G. B. Poore and Eric W. Seabloom and Peter A Vesk and Alejandro J. Bisigato and Lucrecia Cella-Pizarro and Connie J. Clark and Philippe S Cohen and William K. Cornwell and Will Edwards and Rasmus Ejrnaes and Therany Gonzales-Ojeda and Bente Jessen Graae and Gregory V Hay and Fainess C Lumbwe and Benjam{\'i}n Maga{\~n}a-Rodr{\'i}guez and Ben D. Moore and Pablo Luis Peri and John R Poulsen and James C Stegen and Ruan Veldtman and Hugo von Zeipel and Nigel R Andrew and Sarah L Boulter and Elizabeth T. Borer and Johannes H C Cornelissen and Alejandro G Farji-Brener and Jane L DeGabriel and Enrique Navarro Jurado and Line A. Kyhn and Bill Low and Christa P. H. Mulder and Kathryn Reardon-Smith and Jorge Enrique Rodr{\'i}guez-Vel{\'a}zquez and An De Fortier and Zheng Zheng and Pedro G. Blendinger and Brian J. Enquist and Jos{\'e} Maria Facelli and Tiffany M. Knight and Jonathan D. Majer and Miguel Mart{\'i}nez-Ramos and Peter McQuillan and Francis K. C. Hui},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  volume={198 1},
Most plant species have a range of traits that deter herbivores. However, understanding of how different defences are related to one another is surprisingly weak. Many authors argue that defence traits trade off against one another, while others argue that they form coordinated defence syndromes. We collected a dataset of unprecedented taxonomic and geographic scope (261 species spanning 80 families, from 75 sites across the globe) to investigate relationships among four chemical and six… CONTINUE READING
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