Olfactory attractiveness of flowering plants to the parasitoid Microplitis mediator: potential implications for biological control

@article{Belz2012OlfactoryAO,
  title={Olfactory attractiveness of flowering plants to the parasitoid Microplitis mediator: potential implications for biological control},
  author={Elodie Belz and Mathias K{\"o}lliker and Oliver Balmer},
  journal={BioControl},
  year={2012},
  volume={58},
  pages={163-173}
}
In agricultural landscapes, the lack of floral nectar can be a major difficulty for nectar feeding parasitoids. This problem can be reduced by the addition of suitable wildflowers. To date, flowers have mainly been studied in terms of effects on parasitoid fitness, not taking into account the essential role of flower attractiveness for foraging parasitoids. This study experimentally tested the olfactory attractiveness of five wildflowers (bishop’s weed, cornflower, buckwheat, candytuft, and… 
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