Plant growth defence strategies

While defending against herbivores, plants also interact with neighbouring plants. These neighbours compete for light and nutrients, but may also affect the likelihood of herbivore attack on a focal plant. Induced defence responses to herbivores also affects growth parameters and plant physiological machinery for defence and response to light interact. How dynamic processes of plant-plant-herbivore interactions and in particular the role of induced plant responses is played out on a spatial scale is still poorly understood. I study how dynamics of plant-plant-herbivore interactions shapes plant growth-defence strategies.