Sticky plant traps insects to enhance indirect defence.

@article{Krimmel2013StickyPT,
  title={Sticky plant traps insects to enhance indirect defence.},
  author={Billy A. Krimmel and Ian S Pearse},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 2},
  pages={
          219-24
        }
}
Plant-provided foods for predatory arthropods such as extrafloral nectar and protein bodies provide indirect plant defence by attracting natural enemies of herbivores, enhancing top-down control. Recently, ecologists have also recognised the importance of carrion as a food source for predators. Sticky plants are widespread and often entrap and kill small insects, which we hypothesised would increase predator densities and potentially affect indirect defence. We manipulated the abundance of this… CONTINUE READING

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