Winners and losers in toxic relationships affecting parasitoid wasps
Parasitoids are insects that develop on or inside another insect host, ultimately killing the host to complete their own development. Nearly every terrestrial plant-herbivore system has a suite of associated parasitoids. Success of parasitoids and their ability to regulate herbivore populations depends on interactions between multiple trophic levels. Of particular interest is the role of toxic chemicals that mediate interactions among species of plant-herbivore-parasitoid (tri-trophic) systems. My dissertation explores interactions involving toxins that affect parasitoids via multiple trophic ...
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