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Cockchafer larvae smell host root scents in soil.

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In many insect species olfaction is a key sensory modality. However, examination of the chemical ecology of insects has focussed up to now on insects living above ground. Evidence for behavioral responses to chemical cues in the soil other than CO(2) is scarce and the role played by olfaction in the process of finding host roots below ground is not yet understood. The question of whether soil-dwelling beetle larvae can smell their host plant roots has been under debate, but proof is as yet la...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pone.0045827

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Physiology Anatomy and Genetics
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PloS one Journal website
Volume:
7
Issue:
10
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Article: e45827
Publication date:
2012-01-01
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1932-6203
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uuid:5f8086b5-785c-4e93-a3d0-2aeb31873d91
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426719
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pubs:426719

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