Leaf drop affects herbivory in oaks

  title={Leaf drop affects herbivory in oaks},
  author={Ian S Pearse and Richard Karban},
Leaf phenology is important to herbivores, but the timing and extent of leaf drop has not played an important role in our understanding of herbivore interactions with deciduous plants. Using phylogenetic general least squares regression, we compared the phenology of leaves of 55 oak species in a common garden with the abundance of leaf miners on those trees. Mine abundance was highest on trees with an intermediate leaf retention index, i.e. trees that lost most, but not all, of their leaves for… CONTINUE READING