Serena Santolamazza-Carbone

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In this work, by artificially reproducing severe (75%) and moderate (25%) defoliation on maritime pines Pinus pinaster in NW Spain, we investigated, under natural conditions, the consequences of foliage loss on reproduction, abundance, diversity and richness of the fungal symbionts growing belowground and aboveground. The effect of defoliation on tree(More)
Anaphes nitens is a solitary parasitoid of the egg capsules of the Eucalyptus snout beetle, Gonipterus scutellatus. Some traits of its natural history suggest that Local Mate Competition (LMC) could account for sex ratio adjustment in this species. We tested whether males emerged early, a prerequisite for fully local mating, and investigated the occurrence(More)
Quantitative differences in plant defence metabolites, such as glucosinolates, may directly affect herbivore preference and performance, and indirectly affect natural enemy pressure. By assessing insect abundance and leaf damage rate, we studied the responses of insect herbivores to six genotypes of Brassica oleracea var. acephala, selected from the same(More)
Glucosinolates may deter generalist insect feeding as their toxicity causes fitness damage, whereas insects specialized in brassicaceous plants may circumvent the toxic effect. By using no-choice leaf tests, we investigated whether larval development time, body weight, mortality and feeding rate of the generalist Mamestra brassicae (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae)(More)
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