1. Plant Biology
  2. Evolutionary Biology
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Plant Biology: Indirect routes to reproductive success

  1. John Pickett  Is a corresponding author
  1. Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2012;1:e00240 doi: 10.7554/eLife.00240
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The wild tobacco plant N. attenuata relies on both direct and indirect mechanisms to defend it against M. sexta caterpillars. Indirect defence involves the release of volatile chemicals that attract Geocoris bugs that prey on the caterpillars. This photograph shows a Geocoris bug (bottom left) about to attack a caterpillar and two of its larvae.

PHOTOGRAPH: D KESSLER, MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR CHEMICAL ECOLOGY

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