3 years ago

Elucidating the interaction between light competition and herbivore feeding patterns using functional-structural plant modelling.

Jorad de Vries, Niels Anten, Erik H Poelman, Jochem B Evers
Plants usually compete with neighbouring plants for resources such as light as well as defend themselves against herbivorous insects. This requires investment of limiting resources, resulting in optimal resource distribution patterns and trade-offs between growth- and defence-related traits. A plant's competitive success is determined by the spatial distribution of its resources in the canopy. The spatial distribution of herbivory in the canopy in turn differs between herbivore species as the level of herbivore specialization determines their response to the distribution of resources and defences in the canopy. Here, we investigated to what extent competition for light affects plant susceptibility to herbivores with different feeding preferences.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcx212

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcx212

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