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Polymorphic buttonwood: Effects of disturbance on resistance to herbivores in green and silver morphs of a Bahamian shrub

Author(s): A. A. Agrawal and D. A. Spiller

Month: Dec
Year: 2004

Publication Type: Article
Journal: American Journal of Botany
Volume: 91
Issue: 12
Pages: 1990-1997

Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Ecotype, Stress
Research Setting(s): Forest

Species Referenced: Conocarpus erectus (Button mangrove),

Abstract

A study of the differential responses of green- and silver-morphs of Conocarpus erectus in the Bahamian islands indicates that green-morphs are more prone to herbivory. Simulated storm damage had stronger negative effects on silver-morphs than green-morphs as evidences by less tough leaves, higher nitrogen concentrations, reduced trichome density and increased herbivory.

Suggested Citation

A. A. Agrawal and D. A. Spiller. "Polymorphic buttonwood: Effects of disturbance on resistance to herbivores in green and silver morphs of a Bahamian shrub." American Journal of Botany 91.12 (2004): 1990-1997.

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