Evolutionary changes in an invasive plant support the defensive role of plant volatiles

Carlos Bustos-Segura, Tiantian Lin, Klaas Vrieling, Diane Laplanche, Peter G. L. Klinkhamer, Yonggen Lou, Leon Bekooy, Thomas Degen, Ted Turlings & Gaylord Desurmont
It is increasingly evident that plants interact with their outside world through the production of volatile organic compounds, but whether the volatiles have evolved to serve in plant defense is still a topic of considerable debate. Unharmed leaves constitutively release small amounts of volatiles, but when the leaves are damaged by herbivorous arthropods, they emit substantially more volatiles. These herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) attract parasitoids and predators that kill insect herbivores, and this can benefit...
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