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Nectar and pollen feeding by insect herbivores and implications for multitrophic interactions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16972766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Among herbivorous insects with a complete metamorphosis the larval and adult stages usually differ considerably in their nutritional requirements and food ecology. Often, feeding on plant structural tissue is restricted to the larval stage, whereas the adult stage feeds primarily or exclusively on plant-provided food supplements such as nectar and pollen. Research on herbivore nutritional ecology has largely been divided along these lines. Most studies focus on actual herbivory by larval stages, while nectar and pollen feeding by adult herbivores has been addressed mainly in the light of plant-pollinator interactions. Only recently have we started to realize that the two phenomena are closely interlinked and that nectar and pollen feeding by adult herbivores can have a strong impact on plant-herbivore interactions. Here we address this largely ignored aspect of multitrophic level interactions and discuss its wide-ranging implications.
Felix L Wäckers; Jörg Romeis; Paul van Rijn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of entomology     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0066-4170     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-13     Completed Date:  2007-03-13     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372367     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Entomol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lancaster Environment Centre, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4QY, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Carbohydrates / secretion
Feeding Behavior*
Food Chain*
Insects / physiology*
Pest Control, Biological
Plant Physiological Phenomena
Population Dynamics
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