March 23, 2016

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    Leaf mechanical traits in insect herbivory

    Leaf mechanical traits deter insect herbivores, but little is known about the role of particular mechanical traits across feeding guilds. Caldwell et al. investigated feeding damage in relation to mechanical traits in mature leaves of shrubs and trees, finding that mechanical traits influenced feeding guilds differentially. Chewing damage correlated negatively with mechanical traits, with the […] More

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    Shedding light on plant – and animal – biology…

    Photobiology [the science of light and life], 3rd Edition. Edited by Lars Olaf Björn. Springer, 2015. As botanists (for such I assume most of this blog site’s readership are) we are acutely aware – and more so than most other biologists – of the importance of light in biology. Not only is sun-driven photosynthesis the […] More