Gut microbes may facilitate insect herbivory of chemically defended plants

  title={Gut microbes may facilitate insect herbivory of chemically defended plants},
  author={Tobin J Hammer and M Deane Bowers},
The majority of insect species consume plants, many of which produce chemical toxins that defend their tissues from attack. How then are herbivorous insects able to develop on a potentially poisonous diet? While numerous studies have focused on the biochemical counter-adaptations to plant toxins rooted in the insect genome, a separate body of research has recently emphasized the role of microbial symbionts, particularly those inhabiting the gut, in plant–insect interactions. Here we outline the… CONTINUE READING
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