Among the variety of leaf defensive strategies to counteract herbivory attacks, the oak species analyzed in this study maximize investment in no more than one, with high-LMA oaks developing very tough leaves and low-LMA oaks favoring between high concentrations of condensed tannins or high growth rates.
Condensed tannins; Defensive traits; Relative growth rate; Quercus; Work of fracture
Sancho-Knapik, D., Martín-Sánchez, R., Alonso-Forn, D. et al. Trade-offs among leaf toughness, constitutive chemical defense, and growth rates in oaks are influenced by the level of leaf mass per area. Annals of Forest Science 80, 39 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-023-01204-9
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The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available in the citaREA repository, https://doi.org/10532/6533