Journal article

Contrasting ontogenetic trajectories for phenolic and terpenoid defences in Eucalyptus froggattii

Jason QD Goodger, Allison M Heskes, Ian E Woodrow

ANNALS OF BOTANY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Plant defence metabolites are considered costly due to diversion of energy and nutrients away from growth. These costs combined with changes in resource availability and herbivory throughout plant ontogeny are likely to promote changes in defence metabolites. A comprehensive understanding of plant defence strategy requires measurement of lifetime ontogenetic trajectories--a dynamic component largely overlooked in plant defence theories. This study aimed to compare ontogenetic trajectories of foliar phenolics and terpenoids. Phenolics are predicted to be inexpensive to biosynthesize, whereas expensive terpenoids also require specialized, non-photosynthetic secretory struc..

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