The effects of plant epicuticular waxy blooms on attachment and effectiveness of predatory insects.

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Phytophagous insects and their natural enemies frequently must cling to plants in order to forage. Typically, this involves attachment to the layer of lipophilic materials, or 'epicuticular waxes' (EW) that covers all primary plant surfaces. EW occurring as crystalline waxy 'blooms' can provide a defense against herbivory by interfering with attachment to… (More)

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