Defensive Strategies of Woody Plants Against Different Insect-Feeding Guilds in Relation to Plant Ecological Strategies and Intimacy of Association with Insects

  • William J. Mattson
  • Robert K. Lawrence
  • Robert A. Haack
  • Daniel A. Herms
  • Pierre-Jean Charles


A major question confronting scientists who want to exploit plant resistance in the management of a particular insect or pathogen pest is whether the plant in question has any exploitable resistance, and if so, what are the likely resistance mechanisms (Harris 1980, 1982). This question is not trivial because its answer affects the entire research approach--how to search for resistance. To this end, we offer here, a framework for classifying defensive strategies by certain classes of plants against various feeding guilds of herbivores.


Bark Beetle Gall Midge Inducible Defense Defensive Strategy Gall Insect 
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  • William J. Mattson
  • Robert K. Lawrence
  • Robert A. Haack
  • Daniel A. Herms
  • Pierre-Jean Charles

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