The effect of plant identity and the level of plant decay on molecular gut content analysis in a herbivorous soil insect

@inproceedings{Wallinger2013TheEO,
  title={The effect of plant identity and the level of plant decay on molecular gut content analysis in a herbivorous soil insect},
  author={Corinna Wallinger and Karin Staudacher and Nikolaus Schallhart and Eva Peter and Philipp Dresch and Anita Juen and Michael Traugott},
  booktitle={Molecular ecology resources},
  year={2013}
}
Plant roots represent an important food source for soil-dwelling animals, but tracking herbivore food choices below-ground is difficult. Here, we present an optimized PCR assay for the detection of plant DNA in the guts of invertebrates, using general plant primers targeting the trnT-F chloroplast DNA region. Based on this assay, we assessed the influence of plant identity on the detectability of ingested plant DNA in Agriotes click beetle larvae. Six different plant species were fed to the… CONTINUE READING

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