Unformatted text preview: The secondary metabolites just mentioned are always present in the plant and act as effective deterrents once the predator recognizes that plant as something to avoid (or to take advantage of in the case of some, such as the Monarch and Heliconius butterflies). Growing Better A few plants respond to being eaten by herbivores by growing faster and better. For example, some plants, when browsed to the ground, respond by producing multiple shoots adventitiously. Dandelions respond to being decapitated in this manner. Where one shoot existed, after being "weeded", the remnant root may initiate three of four new shoots. Response to being Overeaten – Normal Growth Pattern on Right...
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- Fall '09
- Lepidoptera, Herbivore, Cyanide, Heliconius