Leaf pubescence mediates the abundance of non-prey food and the density of the predatory mite Typhlodromus pyri

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Plants with leaves having numerous trichomes or domatia frequently harbor greater numbers of phytoseiid mites than do plant with leaves that lack these structures. We tested the hypothesis that this pattern occurs, in part, with Typhlodromus pyri because trichomes increase the capture of pollen or fungal spores that serve as alternative food. Using a common… (More)
DOI: 10.1023/A:1025874722092

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