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Effect of within-species plant genotype mixing on habitat preference of a polyphagous insect predator.

Ninkovic V, Al Abassi S, Ahmed E, Glinwood R, Pettersson J - Oecologia (2010)

Bottom Line: Plant species diversity is often claimed to positively affect habitat preferences of insect predators, but the effects of within-species genotype diversity have not been extensively studied.In laboratory experiments on adult ladybird orientation to odour from barley, ladybirds were attracted/arrested by the mixed odour of the same barley genotype mixture that was preferred in the field.Exposure of one barley genotype to volatiles from the other also caused the odour of the exposed plants to become more attractive to ladybirds.

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Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. velemir.ninkovic@ekol.slu.se

ABSTRACT
The effects of within-species plant genotype mixing on the habitat preference of a polyphagous ladybird were studied. Plant species diversity is often claimed to positively affect habitat preferences of insect predators, but the effects of within-species genotype diversity have not been extensively studied. In a field experiment with different barley (Hordeum vulgare) genotypes in mixed and pure stands, adult seven-spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, a polyphagous predator, preferred a specific combination of genotypes over the single genotypes alone before aphids had arrived in the crop, and again when aphids were emigrating. In laboratory experiments on adult ladybird orientation to odour from barley, ladybirds were attracted/arrested by the mixed odour of the same barley genotype mixture that was preferred in the field. Exposure of one barley genotype to volatiles from the other also caused the odour of the exposed plants to become more attractive to ladybirds. The results support the hypothesis that plant volatiles may attract or arrest foraging adult ladybirds, contributing to the selection of favourable habitats, and they show that within-species plant genotype mixing can shape interactions within multitrophic communities.

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Aphid migrants collected from a suction trap located 200 m from the field plots during the experiment
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Fig3: Aphid migrants collected from a suction trap located 200 m from the field plots during the experiment

Mentions: During the initial phase, peak C. septempunctata abundance was significantly higher in the Alva–Hulda mixture compared to pure plots (Fig. 1), whereas this effect was not observed for any of the other five two-genotype mixtures tested (data not shown). The initial peak corresponds to ladybird immigration to the barley crop before aphids have arrived (Fig. 2) (as also illustrated by the suction trap data in Fig. 3). On 6 June 2000, during the initial immigration phase, the Hulda–Alva genotype mixture had a significantly higher number of ladybirds than pure plots of Hulda (P = 0.003) or Alva (P = 0.012).Fig. 1


Effect of within-species plant genotype mixing on habitat preference of a polyphagous insect predator.

Ninkovic V, Al Abassi S, Ahmed E, Glinwood R, Pettersson J - Oecologia (2010)

Aphid migrants collected from a suction trap located 200 m from the field plots during the experiment
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Fig3: Aphid migrants collected from a suction trap located 200 m from the field plots during the experiment
Mentions: During the initial phase, peak C. septempunctata abundance was significantly higher in the Alva–Hulda mixture compared to pure plots (Fig. 1), whereas this effect was not observed for any of the other five two-genotype mixtures tested (data not shown). The initial peak corresponds to ladybird immigration to the barley crop before aphids have arrived (Fig. 2) (as also illustrated by the suction trap data in Fig. 3). On 6 June 2000, during the initial immigration phase, the Hulda–Alva genotype mixture had a significantly higher number of ladybirds than pure plots of Hulda (P = 0.003) or Alva (P = 0.012).Fig. 1

Bottom Line: Plant species diversity is often claimed to positively affect habitat preferences of insect predators, but the effects of within-species genotype diversity have not been extensively studied.In laboratory experiments on adult ladybird orientation to odour from barley, ladybirds were attracted/arrested by the mixed odour of the same barley genotype mixture that was preferred in the field.Exposure of one barley genotype to volatiles from the other also caused the odour of the exposed plants to become more attractive to ladybirds.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. velemir.ninkovic@ekol.slu.se

ABSTRACT
The effects of within-species plant genotype mixing on the habitat preference of a polyphagous ladybird were studied. Plant species diversity is often claimed to positively affect habitat preferences of insect predators, but the effects of within-species genotype diversity have not been extensively studied. In a field experiment with different barley (Hordeum vulgare) genotypes in mixed and pure stands, adult seven-spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata, a polyphagous predator, preferred a specific combination of genotypes over the single genotypes alone before aphids had arrived in the crop, and again when aphids were emigrating. In laboratory experiments on adult ladybird orientation to odour from barley, ladybirds were attracted/arrested by the mixed odour of the same barley genotype mixture that was preferred in the field. Exposure of one barley genotype to volatiles from the other also caused the odour of the exposed plants to become more attractive to ladybirds. The results support the hypothesis that plant volatiles may attract or arrest foraging adult ladybirds, contributing to the selection of favourable habitats, and they show that within-species plant genotype mixing can shape interactions within multitrophic communities.

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Related in: MedlinePlus