A new look at habitat structure: consequences of herbivore-modified plant architecture

S. Mopper, J. Maschinski, Neil S Cobb, Thomas G Whitham

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Abstract

Examines how herbivores might influence plant architecture by considering secondary bud development in response to herbivory, and modified plant architecture in response to defoliation, then reviews the beneficial and detrimental consequences for plants of architectural modification. Plant plasticity in response to such modification is noted, and consequences for herbivores are reported. Implications for the evolution of plant form are indicated. The influence of herbivores is conditional, depending on the timing and extent of grazing and the type of plant tissue attacked. Rapidly-growing herbaceous plants are more likely to benefit from architectural changes wrought by herbivores than are woody plants. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHabitat structure
EditorsS.S. Bell
PublisherChapman & Hall
Pages260-280
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Mopper, S., Maschinski, J., Cobb, N. S., & Whitham, T. G. (1990). A new look at habitat structure: consequences of herbivore-modified plant architecture. In S. S. Bell (Ed.), Habitat structure (pp. 260-280). Chapman & Hall.