Influence of host origin on host choice of the parasitoid Dinarmus basalis: does upbringing influence choices later in life?
Bottom Line: In the three-dimensional system, the females from the four strains did not appear to have any preference for a given type of seed containing 4(th)instar larvae or pupae.These results show that the use of D. basalis as a biological control agent is possible in host changing situations where C. maculatus starts to attack other legumes.The results of this study also provide information supporting the behavioral plasticity of D. basalis.
Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Entomologie Fondamentale et Appliquée, UFR/SVT, Université de Ouagadougou, 03 BP 7021 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso email@example.com.Show MeSH
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Mentions: When D. basalis females from all four strains had a choice between pure air and air containing odors from seeds containing 4th instar larlarvae or pupae of their plants of origin, they were attracted to the odorous air, where they spent significantly more time (p < 0.01) (Figure 1).
Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Entomologie Fondamentale et Appliquée, UFR/SVT, Université de Ouagadougou, 03 BP 7021 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso firstname.lastname@example.org.