Type of predator matters in elevation habitat-specific food webs
Godschalx AL, Tran V, Ballhorn DJ: Host plant cyanotype determines degree of rhizobial symbiosis Ecosphere 2017, 16:32.
Highly-toxic genotypes form more root nodules, but at a cost.
Godschalx AL, Stady L, Watzig B, Ballhorn DJ: Is protection against florivory consistent with the optimal defense hypothesis? BMC Plant Biology 2016, 16:32.
Should plants protect
Godschalx AL, Schädler M, Trisel JA, Balkan MA, Ballhorn DJ: Ants are less attracted to the extrafloral nectar of plants with symbiotic, nitrogen-fixing rhizobia. Ecology 2015, 96:348–354.
Ballhorn DJ, Godschalx AL, Smart SM, Kautz S, Schädler M: Chemical defense lowers plant competitiveness. Oecologia 2014, 176:811–824.
Highly cyanogenic plants are the worst competitors unless herbivores are in the mix.
Ballhorn DJ, Godschalx AL, Kautz S: Co-variation of chemical and mechanical defenses in lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.). J Chem Ecol 2013, 39:413–417. (blog)