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Density-dependent prophylaxis

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Density-Dependent Prophylaxis In Crowded Beet Webworm, Loxostege Sticticalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) Larvae To A Parasitoid And A Fungal Pathogen, Hailong Kong, Yunxia Cheng, Lizhi Luo, Thomas W. Sappington, Xingfu Jiang, Lei Zhang Jun 2013

Density-Dependent Prophylaxis In Crowded Beet Webworm, Loxostege Sticticalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) Larvae To A Parasitoid And A Fungal Pathogen, Hailong Kong, Yunxia Cheng, Lizhi Luo, Thomas W. Sappington, Xingfu Jiang, Lei Zhang

Entomology Publications

Transmission of parasites and pathogens is generally positively density-dependent: as an insect population's density increases, the risk of an individual becoming attacked or infected also increases. In some insect species, individuals experiencing crowded conditions are more resistant to natural enemies than those experiencing low density conditions, and they are predicted to divert resources to increase resistance. This phenomenon is called density-dependent prophylaxis. Here, possible expression of prophylaxis in fifth-instar larvae of Beet Webworm, Loxostege sticticalis, to biocontrol agents was investigated under rearing densities of 1, 10, and 30 larvae per jar (650 mL). Larvae reared at the moderate density ...