The significance of metal hyperaccumulation for biotic interactions

  title={The significance of metal hyperaccumulation for biotic interactions},
  author={Robert Stephen Boyd and Scott N. Martens},
Metal hyperaccumulating plants contain very high metal contents. Because of the general toxicity of metals, chemically-mediated biotic interactions involving hyperaccumulating plants may differ greatly from those of non-hyperaccumulators. Recent research has demonstrated a defensive function for hyperaccumulated metals against herbivores and pathogens. We predict that some herbivore/pathogen species have evolved metal tolerance, and suggest that resulting high metal levels in herbivores… CONTINUE READING
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