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Reduced chemical defence in ant‐plants? A critical re‐evaluation of a widely accepted hypothesis

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Heil,  M.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Heil, M., Delsinne, T., Hilpert, A., Schurkens, S., Andary, C., Linsenmair, K. E., et al. (2002). Reduced chemical defence in ant‐plants? A critical re‐evaluation of a widely accepted hypothesis. Oikos, 99(3), 457-468. doi:10.1034/j.1600-0706.2002.11954.x.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-A072-3
Abstract
Since its original formulation by Janzen in 1966, the hypothesis that obligate ant-plants (myrmecophytes) defended effectively against herbivores by resident mutualistic ants have reduced their direct, chemical defence has been widely adopted. We tested