Data from: Macroevolutionary patterns in overexpression of tyrosine: an anti-herbivore defense in a speciose tropical tree genus, Inga (Fabaceae)

Phyllis D. Coley, María‐José Endara, Gabrielle Ghabash, Catherine A. Kidner, James A. Nicholls, R. Toby Pennington, Anthony G. Mills, Abrianna J. Soule, Maristerra R. Lemes, Graham N. Stone & Thomas A. Kursar
Plant secondary metabolites are a key defence against herbivores, and their evolutionary origin is likely from primary metabolites. Yet for this to occur, an intermediate step of overexpression of primary metabolites would need to confer some advantage to the plant. Here, we examine the evolution of overexpression of the essential amino acid, L‐tyrosine and its role as a defence against herbivores. We examined overexpression of tyrosine in 97 species of Inga (Fabaceae), a genus of...
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