Error management in plant allocation to herbivore defense

John L. Orrock, Andy Sih, Maud C.O. Ferrari, Richard Karban, Evan L. Preisser, Michael J. Sheriff, Jennifer S. Thaler

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Herbivores can greatly reduce plant fitness. Error management theory (EMT) predicts the evolution of adaptive plant defensive strategies that err towards making less-costly errors so as to avoid making rare, costly errors. EMT provides a common framework for understanding observed levels of variation in plant defense among and within species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-445
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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