Pandora neoaphidis transmission and aphid foraging behaviour

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Baverstock, J., Alderson, P. G. and Pell, J. K. 2005. Pandora neoaphidis transmission and aphid foraging behaviour. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 90 (1), pp. 73-76.

AuthorsBaverstock, J., Alderson, P. G. and Pell, J. K.

Pandora neoaphidis is an aphid-specific entomopathogen that produces infective conidia. As aphid movement increases, so does the likelihood of contact with conidia. Volatile distress signals released in response to aphid infestation as an indirect defence against herbivory may affect aphid foraging and, therefore, the fungus-aphid interaction. In this study, two different methods were used to investigate the effect of plant volatiles and P. neoaphidis-sporulating cadavers on (1) the colonisation of Vicia faba plants by Acyrthosiphon pisum and (2) P. neoaphidis transmission. This study indicates that A. pisum does not avoid bean plants containing P. neoaphidis and that transmission of conidia occurs during plant colonisation and, to a lesser extent, during in situ feeding. Although significantly more aphids were recovered from damaged plants compared to undamaged plants, the likelihood of infection was not affected by previous infestation by aphids.

Year of Publication2005
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Journal citation90 (1), pp. 73-76
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.jip.2005.05.009
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderDepartment of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Funder project or code509
Habitat diversification and aphid-specific natural enemies in arable ecosystems: optimising crop protection and environmental benefits
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online21 Jul 2005
Publication process dates
Accepted24 May 2005
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