Escalation of Plant Defense: Do Latex and Resin Canals Spur Plant Diversification?

@article{Farrell1991EscalationOP,
  title={Escalation of Plant Defense: Do Latex and Resin Canals Spur Plant Diversification?},
  author={Brian D. Farrell and David E Dussourd and Charles Mitter},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1991},
  volume={138},
  pages={881 - 900}
}
Ehrlich and Raven's postulate that rapid diversification follows innovation in plant defense has often been invoked a posteriori for plant lineages of unusual diversity and chemical distinctiveness. The postulate can be more rigorously tested by defining a novel class of defense using chemical and/or anatomical criteria, independent of taxonomic lineage. If multiple plant lineages have evolved the new defense type, then according to the postulate they should be consistently more diverse than… Expand
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