Insect feeding preferences and plant phenolic glucosides in the system Gonioctena linnaeana-Salix triandra
2005 (English)In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, ISSN 0013-8703, E-ISSN 1570-8703, Vol. 115, no 1, 61-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to investigate the preference of a leaf beetle to different Salix clones, and to relate this preference to plant chemistry. The preference of Gonioctena linnaeana Schrank (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) was tested in cafeteria experiments using its host Salix triandra L. (Salicaeae) from three Swedish isolated populations and one Russian population from the main distribution range of the host. The leaves from the different host clones were used to analyse the content of phenolic glucosides and the amount of condensed tannins. The larvae did not show any feeding preferences for host clones from the population they originated from, but all Swedish host populations were preferred over the Russian host population. This suggests a preference for regional hosts. We analyzed whether leaf chemistry parameters may explain host plant preferences. Chemical analysis of the leaves showed that the quantities, but not the quality, of the phenolic compounds differed between populations. A Principal Component Analysis of the chemical data also highlighted a difference between the Swedish and Russian host plant populations. The two most important compounds separating Russian from Swedish clones were gallocatechin and salidroside. However, the difference in preference could also be a result of, for example, nutritional quality, water content, or leaf texture. The relative importance of these different factors should be evaluated in future experiments.
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Amsterdam: North-Holland Pub. Co. , 2005. Vol. 115, no 1, 61-66 p.
PCA, local and regional adaptation, herbivory, salidroside, gallocatechin, cafeteria trial, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Salicaceae
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-5167DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2005.00269.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-5167DiVA: diva2:144574