Alicia Bautista Lozada
Wild and cultivated tomatoes differ in their inter-individual variation in volatile organic compound emissions after the attack by Bactericera cockerelli, a phloem-feeding insect
Herbivores induce changes in plant odor, which is a mixture of secondary metabolites known as volatile organic compounds. This herbivore-induced volatile emission attracks natural enemies of insects that will decrease plant damage. Wild and cultivated tomato plants, Solanum lycopersicum, differ in their odor after the attack of the phloem-feeding insect Bactericera cockerelli. This paper shows that this insect induces high levels of odor variation that may compromise the attraction of Tamarixia triozae, a specialist predator of Bactericera nymphs.
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