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Leaf Defence

Edward E. Farmer


This book addresses the question of why there are so many leaves on Earth and why living foliage resists attack by all but the most specialized organisms. This is of broad interest in biology given the importance of leaves in terrestrial ecosystems and since plants form the basis of the carbon cycle. Part of the reason that leaves are resilient and resist attack is that they are well defended. However, although some leaf defences are easily seen, most defence mechanisms operating at the level of cells and molecules are invisible to the naked eye. Perspectives from both the laboratory and the f ... More

Keywords: leaf, herbivore, chemical defences, carbon cycle, jasmonate, agriculture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671441
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward E. Farmer, author
Professor in Plant Molecular Biology, Department of Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Lausanne