Successful herbivore attack due to metabolic diversion of a plant chemical defense.

@article{Wittstock2004SuccessfulHA,
  title={Successful herbivore attack due to metabolic diversion of a plant chemical defense.},
  author={Ute Wittstock and Niels Agerbirk and Einar J. Stauber and Carl Erik Olsen and Michael Hippler and Thomas Mitchell-Olds and Jonathan Gershenzon and Heiko Vogel},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={101 14},
  pages={4859-64}
}
Plants protect themselves against herbivory with a diverse array of repellent or toxic secondary metabolites. However, many herbivorous insects have developed counteradaptations that enable them to feed on chemically defended plants without apparent negative effects. Here, we present evidence that larvae of the specialist insect, Pieris rapae (cabbage white butterfly, Lepidoptera: Pieridae), are biochemically adapted to the glucosinolate-myrosinase system, the major chemical defense of their… CONTINUE READING
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