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Author Walters, Dale

Title Fortress Plant : How to survive when everything wants to eat you
Published Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2017


Description 1 online resource (253 pages)
Contents Cover ; Fortress Plant; Copyright ; Dedication ; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Plates; Black and white plates; Colour plates; Abbreviations; Plates ; Colour plates ; Prologue ; Chapter 1: How to get your five-a-day; Chapter 2: Recognizing the enemy; Early warning systems; Danger signals; Detecting the non-self; The nitty-gritty of receptors; Detecting bugs; Chapter 3: Call to arms ; Pain relief and plant defence; Immunizing plants-youv́e got to be joking!; Aspirin is not just for headaches; Help! Iv́e been wounded; Larval feeding and WASPs
The light side of caterpillar feedingWhispers in the wind; Recruiting carnivorous bodyguards; Plant galls and defence; Enlisting the help of feathered friends; The benefits of talking to oneself; Dealing with multiple attackers; Getting the better of defences; Chapter 4: Weapons of war ; Letś get physical; Structural reinforcements; Chemical warfare; It pays to be hairy; Double trouble-hairy and toxic; Plants that sting; Letś get really physical; Defence can be tough; Chapter 5: Deadly chemistry ; Plant poisons; Smoking kills; Steroidal nightmares; Cabbages with attitude
Chemical weapons made to orderDying to save you; Silencing the enemy; The rhythm of defence is a wonderful thing; Chapter 6: A little help from your friends ; Plants and fungi can live together peacefully; Forming a relationship; Bacterial allies; Preventing greed in a mutualistic symbiosis; Microbial protectors; Establishing a network of friends; Hidden helpers; Making your mind up-endophyte or pathogen?; Ants to the rescue; Chapter 7: The never-ending struggle ; Putting a price on defence; Seeing patterns in plant defence; Plant invasions and defences; Shifting defences
To be seen is to be eatenAvailability of resources; Controlling defence is a balancing act; Evolution of plant defence-where do beneficial microbes fit in?; Looking for patterns in the evolution of plant defence; Some things are just too complicated to repeat; Why are there so many defence chemicals?; What about the genes during co-evolution?; Plant defence-war without end; Chapter 8: Martial arts for plants ; Itś all about breeding; How to breed for resistance; Resistance comes in many forms; Mixing things up-making life difficult for the attacker; Immunizing plants-itś no joke
Summary The survival of plants on our planet is nothing short of miraculous. They are food for a vast array of organisms, ranging from bacteria and fungi, through to insects, and even other plants. Dale Walters explores the fascinating array of evolutionary defences plants employ to survive and avoid being eaten
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Subject Walters, Dale
Authors, Canadian -- 20th century -- Biography
Authors, Canadian
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191062834