publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Chemical ecology of insect–plant interactions: ecological significance of plant secondary metabolites

Nishida, Ritsuo;
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  • Published: 30 Apr 2014 Journal: Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry, volume 78, issue 1, pages 1-13 (issn: 0916-8451, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Abstract
Plants produce a diverse array of secondary metabolites as chemical barriers against herbivores. Many phytophagous insects are highly adapted to these allelochemicals and use such unique substances as the specific host-finding cues, defensive substances of their own, and even as sex pheromones or their precursors by selectively sensing, incorporating, and/or processing these phytochemicals. Insects also serve as pollinators often effectively guided by specific floral fragrances. This review demonstrates the ecological significance of such plant secondary metabolites in the highly diverse interactions between insects and plants.
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Medical Subject Headings: fungifood and beverages
free text keywords: insect–plant interaction, host-finding cue, defensive substance, pheromone, synomone, Biotechnology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, General Medicine, Pollinator, Ecological significance, Biology, Herbivore, Allelopathy, Ecology, Chemical ecology, Botany, Insect, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sex pheromone
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Chemical ecology of insect–plant interactions: ecological significance of plant secondary metabolites

Nishida, Ritsuo;