Living on leaves: mites, tomenta, and leaf domatia.

@article{Walter1996LivingOL,
  title={Living on leaves: mites, tomenta, and leaf domatia.},
  author={David Evans Walter},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={1996},
  volume={41},
  pages={101-14}
}
Structures on the surfaces of leaves strongly affect phylloplane mites. Glandular trichomes defend against some plant parasites but can also mire predators. However, leaves with tomenta of nonglandular trichomes are often inhabited by large populations of predatory mites. Tufts of hairs and other minute structures in the vein axils are called leaf domatia. Comparative observations and experimental data demonstrate that leaves with domatia have enhanced levels of predatory mites. By accumulating… CONTINUE READING

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