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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract -

Morphological and Chemical Changes that Evolve in the Development of Host Plant Resistance to Insects1


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  1. Vol. 1 No. 3, p. 265-270
    Received: Dec 13, 1971

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  1. Fowden G. Maxwell2



The hypothesis that insects are evolving from a polyphagous to a monophagous state is presented. Chemical and physical factors involved in host selection by an insect are discussed. Certain morphological and chemical factors in plants have evolved as protective mechanisms against specific insects which have allowed survival. Man has genetically manipulated certain of these chemical and morphological factors to impart resistance to specific pests. In some cases, the factor or factors responsible for resistance to one pest may in themselves, or else through unknown linked factors, create greater susceptibility to another pest. Examples are given.

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