Herbivory differentially affects male and female reproductive traits of Cucumis sativus.

@article{Thomson2004HerbivoryDA,
  title={Herbivory differentially affects male and female reproductive traits of Cucumis sativus.},
  author={Vivien P. Thomson and Adrienne B Nicotra and Saul A. Cunningham},
  journal={Plant biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={6 5},
  pages={621-8}
}
Herbivory is an important selection pressure in the life history of plants. Most studies use seed or fruit production as an indication of plant fitness, but the impact of herbivory on male reproductive success is usually ignored. It is possible that plants compensate for resources lost to herbivory by shifting the allocation from seed production to pollen production and export, or vice versa. This study examined the impact of herbivory by Helix aspersa on both male and female reproductive… CONTINUE READING