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Host plant selection in insects, with particular reference to insects feeding on crucifers

Host plant selection in insects, with particular reference to insects feeding on crucifers

Entomologiske Meddelelser 47(3): 97-109

The author reviews and discusses the various steps involved in food-plant selection by insects: finding the food-plant, probing the food-plant, the start of feeding, the maintenance of feeding, and the cessation of feeding. Particular attention is paid to pests of cruciferous crops. Food specialisation in insects is described as being mainly a matter of the presence or absence of particular secondary substances (allelochemics) that influence the taste and nutritional quality of plants.

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