Induced-Resistance in Poplars to Gypsy Moth Defoliation: Effects on Early, Mid-, and Late-Season Leaf Feeding Lepidoptera.

Parry, D.

Presented at the All Scientist Meeting (1998-07-21 to 1998-07-22 )

I examined the effects of an experimentally created gypsy moth outbreak on the phytochemistry of hybrid poplars. Defoliation significantly increased total phenolics and condensed tannins, products of secondary pathways thought to confer resistance to herbivores. Gypsy moth performance was reduced when fed leaves from defoliated plots. In addition, the performance of other contemporaneous insect herbivores was significantly altered when fed leaves damaged by gypsy moth feeding, but not always in a consistent pattern.Return to Contents

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