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Experientia

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 295–300 | Cite as

Evolution of exocrine chemical defense in leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

  • J. M. Pasteels
  • M. Rowell-Rahier
  • J. C. Braekman
  • D. Daloze
  • S. Duffey
Multi-Author Review Insect Chemical Ecology

Summary

In this review we speculate on possible scenarios for the evolution of the very high diversity in chemical compounds liberated by exocrine glands of adults Chrysomelidae. Shift in host plant affinities and subsequent adaptation of the beetles to the plant toxins strongly influence the nature of the beetles' chemical defense.

Key words

Cardenolides dipeptides isoxazolinone glucoside pyrrolizidine alkaloids host plant influence toxin sequestration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Pasteels
    • 1
  • M. Rowell-Rahier
    • 2
  • J. C. Braekman
    • 3
  • D. Daloze
    • 3
  • S. Duffey
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie Animale et CellulaireUniversity of BrusselsBrussels(Belgium)
  2. 2.Zoologisches, Institut der UniversitätBasel(Switzerland)
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Chimie Bio-organiqueUniversity of BrusselsBrussels(Belgium)
  4. 4.Dept of EntomologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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