Plant-derived differences in the composition of aphid honeydew and their effects on colonies of aphid-tending ants

@inproceedings{Pringle2014PlantderivedDI,
  title={Plant-derived differences in the composition of aphid honeydew and their effects on colonies of aphid-tending ants},
  author={Elizabeth G Pringle and Alexandria Novo and Ian Ableson and Raymond V Barbehenn and Rachel L. Vannette},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
  year={2014}
}
In plant-ant-hemipteran interactions, ants visit plants to consume the honeydew produced by phloem-feeding hemipterans. If genetically based differences in plant phloem chemistry change the chemical composition of hemipteran honeydew, then the plant's genetic constitution could have indirect effects on ants via the hemipterans. If such effects change ant behavior, they could feed back to affect the plant itself. We compared the chemical composition of honeydews produced by Aphis nerii aphid… CONTINUE READING
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