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Coevolution and the adaptive value of autumn tree colours: colour preference and growth rates of a southern beech aphid

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The evolutionary explanation for the change in leaf colour during autumn is still debated. Autumn colours could be a signal of defensive commitment towards insects (coevolution) or an adaptation against physical damage due to light at low temperatures (photoprotection). These two hypotheses have different predictions: under the coevolution hypothesis, insects should not prefer red leaves in autumn and grown better in spring on trees with green autumn leaves. Under the photoprotection hypothes...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Author's Original

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10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01469.x

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Institution:
Universidad de Talca, Chile
Department:
Instituto de Biologia y Biotecnologia Vegetal
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Institution:
Universidad de Talca, Chile
Department:
Instituto de Biologia y Biotecnologia Vegetal
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Evolutionary Biology Journal website
Volume:
21
Issue:
1
Pages:
49-56
Publication date:
2008-01-06
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EISSN:
1420-9101
ISSN:
1010-061X
URN:
uuid:1d25ed8b-7dfb-4869-9a30-90b5f99be177
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ora:1725

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