Habitats as Complex Odour Environments: How Does Plant Diversity Affect Herbivore and Parasitoid Orientation?

@inproceedings{Wschke2014HabitatsAC,
  title={Habitats as Complex Odour Environments: How Does Plant Diversity Affect Herbivore and Parasitoid Orientation?},
  author={Nicole W. W{\"a}schke and Kristin Hardge and Christine Hancock and Monika Hilker and Elisabeth Obermaier and Torsten Meiners},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Plant diversity is known to affect success of host location by pest insects, but its effect on olfactory orientation of non-pest insect species has hardly been addressed. First, we tested in laboratory experiments the hypothesis that non-host plants, which increase odour complexity in habitats, affect the host location ability of herbivores and parasitoids. Furthermore, we recorded field data of plant diversity in addition to herbivore and parasitoid abundance at 77 grassland sites in three… CONTINUE READING