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Université de Neuchâtel

A comparison of naïve and conditioned responses of three generalist endoparasitoids of lepidopteran larvae to host-induced plant odours

Tamò, Cristina ; Ricard, Ingrid ; Held, Matthias ; Davison, A. C. ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Animal Biology, 2006, vol. 56, p. 205-220

Many parasitic wasps that exploit herbivores as their hosts make use of herbivoreinduced plant odours to locate their victims and these wasps often exhibit an ability to learn to associate specific plant-produced odours with the presence of hosts. This associative learning is expected to allow generalist parasitoids to focus on cues that are most reliably associated with current host presence,...