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Université de Neuchâtel

Strong Attraction of the Parasitoid Cotesia marginiventris Towards Minor Volatile Compounds of Maize

D’Alessandro, Marco ; Brunner, Virginie ; von Mérey, Georg ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2009, vol. 35, no. 9, p. 999-1008

Plants infested with herbivorous arthropods emit complex blends of volatile compounds, which are used by several natural enemies as foraging cues. Despite detailed knowledge on the composition and amount of the emitted volatiles in many plant-herbivore systems, it remains largely unknown which compounds are essential for the attraction of natural enemies. In this study, we used a combination of...