Top-down cascading effects of seed-feeding beetles and their parasitoids on plants and leaf herbivores

Maximilien Cuny, Diana La Forgia, Gaylord Desurmont, Carlos Bustos-Segura, Gaetan Glauser & Betty Benrey
When feeding on a plant, herbivorous insects alter the quality of the plant as a food source. This affects other organisms interacting with the same plant. These so-called ‘plant-mediated interactions’ can be altered by parasitoids that attack the herbivores. So far, this research area has mainly focused on interactions at the leaf level, and very little is known about plant-mediated interactions via seeds. It is still poorly understood if seeds that survive insect damage have...
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