Impact of plant nutrients on the relationship between a herbivorous insect and its symbiotic bacteria.

  title={Impact of plant nutrients on the relationship between a herbivorous insect and its symbiotic bacteria.},
  author={Samuel Chandler and Thomas Lee Wilkinson and Angela E. Douglas},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={275 1634},
The interactions between herbivorous insects and their symbiotic micro-organisms can be influenced by the plant species on which the insects are reared, but the underlying mechanisms are not understood. Here, we identify plant nutrients, specifically amino acids, as a candidate factor affecting the impact of symbiotic bacteria on the performance of the phloem-feeding aphid Aphis fabae. Aphis fabae grew more slowly on the labiate plant Lamium purpureum than on an alternative host plant Vicia… CONTINUE READING
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