Drowning out the protection racket: Partner manipulation or drought can strengthen ant-plant mutualism

R. Ford Denison

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    Abstract

    Two recent reports discuss interactions between plants and ants that defend them from herbivores. Acacia trees provide their ant bodyguards with a diet that reduces their ability to benefit from alternate hosts. Provisioning of ants by Cordia trees during drought may buy insurance against extreme defoliation events, not just average-year benefits.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)411-413
    Number of pages3
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Volume19
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2014

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