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The Detoxification Limitation Hypothesis: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going?

Ford (previously Marsh), Karen; Wallis, Ian; Andrew, Rose; Foley, William


The detoxification limitation hypothesis is firmly entrenched in the literature to explain various aspects of the interaction between herbivores and plant toxins. These include explanations for the existence of specialist and generalist herbivores and for the prevalence of each of these. The hypothesis suggests that the ability of mammalian herbivores to eliminate plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) largely determines which plants, and how much, they can eat. The value of the hypothesis is that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-006-9082-3


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