Inhibition of herbivory on young holly leaves: evidence for the defensive role of saponins

@article{Potter2004InhibitionOH,
  title={Inhibition of herbivory on young holly leaves: evidence for the defensive role of saponins},
  author={D. Potter and T. W. Kimmerer},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={78},
  pages={322-329}
}
  • D. Potter, T. W. Kimmerer
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • SummaryResponse of the southern red mite, Oligonychus ilicis McGregor, to young and one year old leaves of Ilex opaca Aiton was studied on three dates during the period of leaf expansion in the spring. Young foliage, which is rich in nutrients but also contains high levels of saponins, was found to be unsuitable for colonization by this oligophagous herbivore until the leaves had matured and levels of saponins had declined. Mites preferentially colonized and had higher survival and reproduction… CONTINUE READING
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