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Plant-sex-biased tritrophic interactions on dioecious willow

Kabir, Md. Faisal and Karlsson Moritz, Kim and Stenberg, Johan A (2014). Plant-sex-biased tritrophic interactions on dioecious willow. Ecosphere. 5 :12 , 1-9
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES14-00356.1


Plant sex effects on herbivores are well studied, but little is known about these effects on predators and predator-herbivore dynamics. Here we take a holistic approach to study, simultaneously, plant sex effects on herbivore and predator preference and performance, as well as population densities and predation pressure in the field. For dioecious Salix cinerea (grey willow) we found that male plants represented higher host plant quality than females for an omnivorous predator (Anthocoris nemorum, common flower bug), while host plant quality for its herbivorous prey (Phratora vulgatissima, blue willow beetle) was not sex-biased. The herbivore strongly preferred the host plant sex (female) that was suboptimal for the predator, which in turn followed its prey to female plants, leading to plant-sex-biased predation. These results provide new insight into the far-reaching effects of plant sex on insect communities, and open up novel opportunities for improving biocontrol of the herbivore in Salix short rotation coppice.

Authors/Creators:Kabir, Md. Faisal and Karlsson Moritz, Kim and Stenberg, Johan A
Title:Plant-sex-biased tritrophic interactions on dioecious willow
Series Name/Journal:Ecosphere
Year of publishing :2014
Page range:1-9
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Ecological Society of America
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:genetic variation, herbivory, phenotypes
Keywords:community genetics, dioecy, extended phenotype, genetic variation, herbivory, indirect effects, interaction modification, plant gender, sex-biased herbivory, tritrophic interactions
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Web of Science (WoS)000347219000004
ID Code:11832
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Protection Biology
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:09 Feb 2015 12:15
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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