Do holly leaf spines really deter herbivory?

@article{Potter2004DoHL,
  title={Do holly leaf spines really deter herbivory?},
  author={D. Potter and T. W. Kimmerer},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={75},
  pages={216-221}
}
  • D. Potter, T. W. Kimmerer
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • SummaryAlthough spinose teeth of holly leaves have been widely cited as an example of a physical defense against herbivores, this assumption is based largely on circumstantial evidence and on general misinterpretation of a single, earlier experiment. We studied the response of third and fifth instar larvae of the fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea Drury, a generalist, edge-feeding caterpillar, to intact American holly leaves and to leaves that had been modified by blunting the spines, by removing… CONTINUE READING
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