Herbivory, serotiny and seedling defence in Western Australian Proteaceae

  title={Herbivory, serotiny and seedling defence in Western Australian Proteaceae},
  author={Mick E. Hanley and Byron B. Lamont},
We examined how acceptability characteristics displayed by 28-day-old seedlings of 12 species of Western Australian Proteaceae affect the likelihood of seedling herbivory in the field. The seedling attributes quantified were cotyledon phenolic, cyanide and nitrogen concentrations, and cotyledon area, thickness and specific leaf area. Only phenolic content was significantly correlated (negatively) with field rates of herbivore attack. This finding shows that the phenomenon of selective herbivore… CONTINUE READING
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