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Effects of Terpene Chemotypes of Melaleuca alternifolia on Two Specialist Leaf Beetles and Susceptibility to Myrtle Rust

Bustos-Segura, Carlos; Kulheim, Carsten; Foley, William

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Plant chemical polymorphisms, or plant chemotypes, are characterized by intraspecific discrete differences of plant secondary metabolites in the same plant tissue. Chemotypes that differ in foliar terpene composition are found commonly in Myrtaceae. In this study, we focused on terpene chemotypes of medicinal tea tree, Melalecua alternifolia, to explore whether this variation affects two specialist herbivores Paropsisterna tigrina and Faex sp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), and if this could...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/77199
Source: Journal of Chemical Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-015-0628-0

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