A hard coat , a tough choice ? The effects of host seed morphology and mechanics on the egg laying behaviour of the bruchid beetle , Callosobruchus maculatus

@inproceedings{Goodmana2009AHC,
  title={A hard coat , a tough choice ? The effects of host seed morphology and mechanics on the egg laying behaviour of the bruchid beetle , Callosobruchus maculatus},
  author={Adrian M. Goodmana and Giddings J. Josepha},
  year={2009}
}
  • Adrian M. Goodmana, Giddings J. Josepha
  • Published 2009
This study investigated whether the egg laying behaviour of Callosobruchus maculatus, an important storage pest of leguminous seed crops, was related to the mechanical properties of the host seed. The hypothesis was that females avoid laying eggs on seeds with particularly tough seed coats and hard cotyledons to reduce the resistance their larvae are subjected to when they bore into the seed to complete their development.