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Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land.
Evolution is based on diversity, and sexual reproduction is key to creating a diverse population that secures competitiveness in nature. Plants as largely immobile organisms had to solve a problem
The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists and politicians usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, have discovered the decisive biological stimulator for the accumulation of defensive substances in leaf beetle larvae used by the insects to fend off predators: ABC transport proteins, which are found in large quantities in glandular cells of the larvae.
Small changes in the composition of green leaf volatiles induced by herbivory guide ovipositing female moths to unattacked plants
Insect odorant receptors regulate their own sensitivity.
After metamorphosis European forest cockchafers benefit from the same bacterial symbionts housed during their larval stage.
Unlike flowering plants, bracken ferns do not release any odor signals to attract the enemies of their attackers for their own benefit.
To solve the acute, global problem of securing food resources for a continuously growing population, we must work constantly to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of modern agricultural techniques.
Alkaloids constitute a very large group of natural nitrogen-containing compounds with diverse effects on the human organism.