Yi Wang, Evan Siemann, Gregory S. Wheeler, Lin Zhu, Xue Gu and Jianqing Ding Genetic variation in anti-herbivore chemical defences in an invasive plant Journal of Ecology 100
Article first published online: 23 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01980.x
Tallow plants from introduced populations had higher flavonoids and lower tannins than plants from native populations, especially in new leaves following induction. Caterpillar responses to changing chemical concentrations varied in direction and strength so overall performance varied from significantly lower (generalist Grammodes geometrica), unchanged (generalist Cnidocampa flavescens), to significantly higher (specialist Gadirtha inexacta) on introduced populations.
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