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Nectar and pollen-feeding by insect herbivores and implications for multitrophic interactions.

Wäckers, Felix L. and Romeis, Jörg E. and van Rijn, Paul C. J. (2007) Nectar and pollen-feeding by insect herbivores and implications for multitrophic interactions. Annual Review of Entomology, 52 (1). pp. 301-325. ISSN 0066-4170

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Abstract

Among herbivorous insects with a complete metamorphosis the larval and adult stages usually differ considerably in their nutritional requirements and food ecology. Often, feeding on plant structural tissue is restricted to the larval stage, whereas the adult stage feeds primarily or exclusively on plant-provided food supplements such as nectar and pollen. Research on herbivore nutritional ecology has largely been divided along these lines. Most studies focus on actual herbivory by larval stages, while nectar and pollen feeding by adult herbivores has been addressed mainly in the light of plant-pollinator interactions. Only recently have we started to realize that the two phenomena are closely interlinked and that nectar and pollen feeding by adult herbivores can have a strong impact on plant-herbivore interactions. Here we address this largely ignored aspect of multitrophic level interactions and discuss its wide-ranging implications.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Annual Review of Entomology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 28463
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2009 11:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28463

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