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Metal hyperaccumulation in plants: mechanisms of defence against insect herbivores

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1. To determine the mechanisms by which metal hyperaccumulation in plants could provide a chemical defence against insect herbivores, the feeding behaviour and performance of the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria (Forskål), was investigated on plants of Thlaspi caerulescens J. and C. Presl containing different zinc concentrations, as well as on artificial food differing only in Zn content. 2. In choice experiments, locusts preferred T. caerulescens plants containing low foliar Zn concentra...

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Journal:
FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY
Volume:
19
Issue:
1
Pages:
55-66
Publication date:
2005-02-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2435
ISSN:
0269-8463
URN:
uuid:461aed9e-419d-4c23-b82a-2c55a68853bd
Source identifiers:
50237
Local pid:
pubs:50237

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