Induced Responses to Herbivory and Increased Plant Performance

A. A. Agrawal
1998 Science  
Plant resistance to herbivores was induced in a field experiment to evaluate the consequences of induced responses for subsequent herbivory and plant fitness. Induction early in the season resulted in halving of herbivory by chewing herbivores and a reduction in the abundance of phloem-feeding aphids when compared with controls. A correlate of lifetime plant fitness, seed mass, was enhanced by over 60 percent for individuals that were induced.
doi:10.1126/science.279.5354.1201 pmid:9469809 fatcat:d2uens43kngnlaixm2efe4tzeu