Publication: The importance of aboveground-belowground interactions on the evolution and maintenance of variation in plant defence traits

Publié le
9 décembre 2013

Indirect interactions between organisms above- and belowground, which are mediated by plants, are known to shape many ecological processes. Less is known about how genetic variation in plant defence traits may be driven by above- and belowground trophic interactions. Such traits may have evolved in response to selection pressures from above- and belowground interactions from antagonists and mutualists. In this paper we discuss gaps in our understanding of genetic variation in plant-related traits as they relate to aboveground and belowground multitrophic interactions.