Defense of Bracken Fern by Arthropods Attracted to AxillaryNectaries

@article{Douglas1983DefenseOB,
  title={Defense of Bracken Fern by Arthropods Attracted to AxillaryNectaries},
  author={Matthew M. Douglas},
  journal={Psyche},
  year={1983},
  volume={90},
  pages={313-320}
}
  • M. Douglas
  • Published 1983
  • Environmental Science
  • Psyche
The phenotypically variable bracken fern, Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn, is an economically important plant that establishes dense monocultural stands by spore dispersal and by spreading subterranean rhizomes throughout the world, except for hot and cold desert regions (Page, 1976). Bracken produces a number of so-called "secondary plant compounds" that have been shown to protect it from some nonadapted insects (Cooper-Driver et. al., 1977). These compounds include the cyanogenic glucoside… 
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