Predatory Earwig Insects Are Found To Be Attracted To Damaged Plants
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Jose is a research scientist at the University of Sao Paolo. Research Interests: Insect behavior, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology and biological control.

                       

Predatory Earwig Insects Are Found To Be Attracted To Damaged Plants

Over the course of evolution, plants have developed a broad spectrum of defense mechanisms against herbivorous insects to protect themselves and ensure their survival and reproduction. These defenses include the emission of herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs), which are plant scents that serve as attractants to natural enemies of herbivores, such as parasitoids or predators. Natural enemies use these olfactory cues to search for hosts or preys. Thus, HIPVs play an important role in population dynamics; because they might affect the...

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