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Plant defense strategies against attack by multiple herbivores

Authors
  • Fernández de Bobadilla, Maite
  • Vitiello, Alessia
  • Erb, Matthias
  • Poelman, Erik H.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Source
Wageningen University and Researchcenter Publications
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English
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Abstract

<p>Plants may effectively tailor defenses by recognizing their attackers and reprogramming their physiology. Although most plants are under attack by a large diversity of herbivores, surprisingly little is known about the physiological capabilities of plants to deal with attack by multiple herbivores. Studies on dual herbivore attack identified that defense against one attacker may cause energetic and physiological constraints to deal with a second attacker. How these constraints shape plant plasticity in defense to their full community of attackers is a major knowledge gap in plant science. Here, we provide a framework for plant defense to multiherbivore attack by defining the repertoire of plastic defense strategies that may allow plants to optimize their defenses against a multitude of stressors.</p>

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