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Causes and Consequences of Host Expansion by Mnesampela privata

Ostrand, Fredrik; Wallis, Ian; Davies, Noel W.; Matsuki, Mamoru; Steinbauer, Martin


The autumn gum moth, Mnesampela privata, utilizes several species of Eucalyptus planted outside regions of endemism within Australia. We investigated whether foliar monoterpene composition influenced oviposition in the field on the natural primary host (E. globulus) and a novel host (E. rubida), both characterized by nonstructural epicuticular waxes. In the laboratory, oviposition preferences of females for species and families of known host, novel hosts, and non-hosts that were characterized...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-007-9422-y


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