Shannon Point Marine Center Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-3-2000

Keywords

Phlorotannins, Nutrients, Chemical defense, Resource allocation, Fucus

Abstract

Resource-allocation models predict trade-offs between growth and chemical defense. The carbon/nutrient balance hypothesis (CNBH) predicts that plants will allocate carbon to growth when nutrients are abundant and allocate it to carbon-based antiherbivore defenses when nutrients are limiting. In marine systems, field and laboratory tests of the CNBH with phlorotannin-producing algae have generally supported the predictions of the model. However, these tests have all measured phlorotannin concentrations in adult algae rather than juveniles, which are susceptible to higher

Publication Title

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Volume

206

First Page

33

Last Page

43

Required Publisher's Statement

© Inter-Research 2000

Comments

The publisher's version of the article can be deposited in an institutional repository five years after publication.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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