Herbivore-plant interactions: Mixed-function oxidases and secondary plant substances

L. B. Brattsten, C. F. Wilkinson, T. Eisner

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Abstract

The mixed-function oxidases of a polyphagous insect larva (the southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania,) were found to be induced by a diversity of secondary plant substances. The induction proceeds rapidly and in response to a small quantity of secondary substance. Following induction, the larva is less susceptible to dietary poisoning. It is argued that mixed-function oxidases play a major role in protecting herbivores against chemical stress from secondary plant substances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1352
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume196
Issue number4296
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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