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Evolutionary consequences of novel plant defences

Project description

Digging deep into how plants protect themselves against herbivores

Plants defend themselves against herbivores through the production of a large number of toxic chemicals. However, plant–herbivore systems may become dominated by specialists resistant to plant defences, which in turn favours the evolution of novel plant toxins. The EU-funded CARDEVOL project will explore the ecological, physiological, and evolutionary causes and consequences of phytochemical diversification. In a widespread Erysimum species with a recent gain of novel cardenolide defences, CARDEVOL will assess the functional role of natural variation in defence for plant fitness. To investigate co-evolutionary adaptations, CARDEVOL will also evaluate the tolerance and resistance mechanisms of a community of non-adapted specialist herbivores towards the new defence.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Switzerland

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00