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Insect overcomes plant defenses

Caterpillars stifle plants’ chemical warning cries

Findings: "We have discovered a new strategy whereby an insect uses saliva to inhibit the release of airborne plant defenses through direct manipulation of plant stomata," said Gary Felton, professor and head of the Department of Entomology at Penn State, noting that stomata are tiny pores on plant leaves that regulate gas exchange" Read More ›