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Academic Half Hours – How plants cry for help

Speaker: Martin Volf

Plants can produce a huge amount of chemical substances to protect themselves from adverse environmental influences and herbivorous insects. Plants can increase the production of some of these substances according to their current needs, for example in case of biting by herbivorous insects. In this lecture we will present how such substances affect insects and how they also attract their natural enemies. In particular, we will focus on how plants can provide natural enemies of herbivorous insects with information about the position and species identity of their prey.