Eddy van der Meijden

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Plants produce a variety of secondary metabolites (PSMs) that may be selective against herbivores. Yet, specialist herbivores may use PSMs as cues for host recognition, oviposition, and feeding stimulation, or for their own defense against parasites and predators. This summarizes a dual role of PSMs: deter generalists but attract specialists. It is not(More)
Part of the research in this thesis was supported by a travel grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (nwo). The printing of colour graphs in this thesis was made possible by a grant from the Leids Universiteits Fonds. Any individual may make a single copy of this thesis, or parts thereof, provided that (a) the copy is used solely(More)
Usually whole plant or whole leaf extracts are analyzed to study the chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions. For herbivore species the contact with the leaf surface enables them to estimate the quality of the plant. The relationship between the leaf-surface and leaf-tissue secondary metabolites (SMs) could offer important new insights in insect-plant(More)
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