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Revista Colombiana de Entomología

Print version ISSN 0120-0488On-line version ISSN 2665-4385


GOMES DE OLIVEIRA, HAMILTON et al. Induced defense in Eucalyptus trees increases with prolonged herbivory. Rev. Colomb. Entomol. [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.1, pp.1-4. ISSN 0120-0488.

Mechanisms of defense in plants can be activated by external stimuli such as herbivory. It is well-known that such induced defense occurs after short periods of herbivory, but little is known about long-term induction. In this paper, we studied the effects of induced defenses of Eucalyptus trees on Thyrinteina arnobia (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) over four generations. The effects of induction of eucalypt plants seemed to increase gradually with prolonged periods of herbivory. To our knowledge it is the first demonstration that induced defense changes in a gradual way with long-term herbivory. This suggests that these trees, and possibly many other plants, gradually invest more in induced defense with prolonged herbivore attacks.

Keywords : Plant-herbivore interaction; Plant defense; Thyrinteina arnobia; Induction of defence; Herbivore fitness.

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