Plants defend themselves in a variety of ways, which can be every bit as complex and effective as animal defenses. Shaped by an array of selective pressures, the physical and chemical defenses of plants play a significant role in the diversity of plant species. The success of civilization in large part is due to humans overcoming plant defenses and so able to exploit plant nutrients. But consequently, modern humans may not fully appreciate how highly evolved and thus complicated plants are, as indicated by plant defenses.

See also: Grazing; Life Forms, Plants; Plant Ecology; Plant Growth Models; Plant Physiology.

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