Novel Plant Secondary Metabolites Impact Dietary Specialists More than Generalists ( Neotoma Spp . )

@inproceedings{Sorensen2005NovelPS,
  title={Novel Plant Secondary Metabolites Impact Dietary Specialists More than Generalists ( Neotoma Spp . )},
  author={Jennifer S. Sorensen and James D. McLister and M. Denise Dearing},
  year={2005}
}
Theory predicts that dietary specialization is limited in part because of physiological trade-offs associated with specialization. Specifically, dietary specialists are predicted to evolve mechanisms that reduce costs and enhance excretion of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) that they frequently consume, but are less energetically and/or mechanistically efficient at eliminating novel PSMs. Although examples of trade-offs associated with dietary specialization have been documented among… CONTINUE READING
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