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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Decoding neighbour volatiles in preparation for future competition and implications for tritrophic interactions

Ninkovic, Velemir; Markovic, Dimitrije; Dahlin, Iris

Abstract

Plant volatile signals can provide important information about the physiological status and genetic identity of the emitter, and nearby plants can use this information to detect competitive neighbours. The novelty of these signals is that plants eavesdropping to volatiles of undamaged neighbours respond with typical competition responses, even before competition takes place, initiating specific growth responses that can increase their competitive capacity. This preparing for future competition mechanism affects the behaviour and abundance of herbivore pests and their natural enemies. Previously, such responses were only known to occur in response to volatiles released by damaged plants. However, volatile interactions occur only in specific combination of species/genotypes, indicating that plants use volatile signals in the detection and adaption only to substantial competitive neighbours. (C) 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier GmbH.

Keywords

Plant-plant communication; Intraspecific and interspecific coexistence; Plant adaptation; Plant-insect interactions; Natural enemies; Associational resistance

Published in

Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
2016, volume: 23, pages: 11-17

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
University of Banja Luka (UNIBL)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology

Associated SLU-program

Biodiversity
Agricultural landscape
SLU Network Plant Protection

UKÄ Subject classification

Behavioral Sciences Biology
Zoology
Botany

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ppees.2016.09.005

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/78241