Host–Parasite Interactions and Trade-offs Between Growth- and Defence-Related Metabolism Under Changing Environments

  • W. OßwaldEmail author
  • F. Fleischmann
  • D. Treutter
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 220)


The allocation of resources between growth-related processes and defence-related biosynthesis of mainly secondary compounds in plants is discussed first on a descriptional level and, second, on the basis of possible mechanisms of trade-off. An overview is given on the manifold impacts of environmental conditions i.e. temperature, atmospheric CO2 and ozone, soil nitrogen, on host–parasite interactions, on secondary metabolism and on trade-offs between growth and defence. In this context, the often made simplified equation of secondary metabolism with plant defence is critically reviewed taking into account the individual host–parasite interactions as well as the structural and functional diversity of defence-related metabolites.


Genetically Modify Secondary Metabolism Gypsy Moth Induce Systemic Resistance Tannin Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pathology of Woody PlantsTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany
  2. 2.Fruit ScienceTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany

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