Error management in plant allocation to herbivore defense
Date of Original Version
Herbivores can greatly reduce plant fitness. Error management theory (EMT) predicts the evolution of adaptive plant defensive strategies that err towards making less-costly errors so as to avoid making rare, costly errors. EMT provides a common framework for understanding observed levels of variation in plant defense among and within species.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Orrock, John L., Andy Sih, Maud C. Ferrari, Richard Karban, Evan L. Preisser, Michael J. Sheriff, and Jennifer S. Thaler. "Error management in plant allocation to herbivore defense." Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30, 8 (2015): 441-445. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.06.005.