Plant Manipulation by Gall-Forming Social Aphids for Waste Management

@article{Kutsukake2019PlantMB,
  title={Plant Manipulation by Gall-Forming Social Aphids for Waste Management},
  author={M. Kutsukake and K. Uematsu and T. Fukatsu},
  journal={Frontiers in Plant Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={10}
}
Many social aphids form spectacular galls on their host plants, in which hundreds to thousands of aphids thrive for several months or even for over a year. Here, in addition to colony defense against natural enemies, waste disposal is an important task for the gall dwellers to sustain their social life. In open galls, soldier nymphs actively clean colony wastes such as honeydew droplets, cast-off skins, and cadavers by pushing them with their head out of the gall opening. In the gall, the… Expand
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