Anti-adhesive effects of plant wax coverage on insect attachment

Gorb, Elena and Gorb, Stanislav (2017) Anti-adhesive effects of plant wax coverage on insect attachment Journal of Experimental Botany, 68 (19). pp. 5323-5337. DOI 10.1093/jxb/erx271.

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Abstract

The long period of reciprocal antagonistic coevolution between some insect and plant species has led to the development of plant surface attributes that reduce insect attachment. These features serve as a defence against herbivores, sap-sucking insects and nectar robbers, contribute to a temporary capture of insect pollinators, and prevent the escape of insects from traps of carnivorous plants. This review summarises the literature on attachment-mediated insect–plant interactions. A short introduction to attachment systems of insects is presented and the effect of three-dimensional epicuticular waxes on insect attachment is illustrated by many examples. Special attention is given to the mechanisms of the anti-attachment properties of plant wax structures (the roughness hypothesis, the contamination hypothesis, the fluid-adsorption hypothesis, and the wax-dissolving hypothesis) and their ecological implications.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Adhesive pad, epicuticular wax, mechanism, reduction, three-dimensional coverage, wax crystals
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1093/jxb/erx271
ISSN: 0022-0957
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 10:11
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/40701

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