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Parasitic wasps learn and report diverse chemicals with unique conditionable behaviors

Olson, D.M. and Rains, G.C. and Meiners, T. and Takasu, K. and Tertuliano, M. and Tumlinson, J.H. and Wäckers, F.L. and Lewis, W.J. (2003) Parasitic wasps learn and report diverse chemicals with unique conditionable behaviors. Chemical Senses, 28, 545-549. ISSN 0379-864X.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/28.6.545

Abstract

Parasitoids exploit numerous chemical cues to locate hosts and food. Whether they detect and learn chemicals foreign to their natural history has not been explored. We show that the parasitoid Microplitis croceipes can associate, with food or hosts, widely different chemicals outside their natural foraging encounters. When learned chemicals are subsequently detected, this parasitoid manifests distinct behaviors characteristic with expectations of food or host, commensurate with prior training. This flexibility of parasitoids to rapidly link diverse chemicals to resource needs and subsequently report them with recognizable behaviors offers new insights into their foraging adaptability, and provides a model for further dissection of olfactory learning related processes [KEYWORDS: behavior, learning, Microplitis croceipes, olfaction]

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:11378
Deposited On:24 Nov 2011 01:00
Last Modified:15 Jan 2014 09:31

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