Troublesome toxins: time to re-think plant-herbivore interactions in vertebrate ecology

@article{Swihart2008TroublesomeTT,
  title={Troublesome toxins: time to re-think plant-herbivore interactions in vertebrate ecology},
  author={Robert Swihart and Donald L. DeAngelis and Zhilan Feng and John P. Bryant},
  journal={BMC Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={9},
  pages={5 - 5}
}
Earlier models of plant-herbivore interactions relied on forms of functional response that related rates of ingestion by herbivores to mechanical or physical attributes such as bite size and rate. These models fail to predict a growing number of findings that implicate chemical toxins as important determinants of plant-herbivore dynamics. Specifically, considerable evidence suggests that toxins set upper limits on food intake for many species of herbivorous vertebrates. Herbivores feeding on… CONTINUE READING