Genetic Variation in Host Selection

Part of the Contemporary Topics in Entomology book series (COTE, volume 2)


Previous chapters have emphasized the variations in feeding behavior that result from ecological interactions, developmental or physiological state, and various types of experience. By contrast, in this chapter, we present the rather limited evidence that intraspecific variation in host-plant choices can also be due to heritable differences. Additional studies have demonstrated genetic variability in growth and survival on different plants, but unless there is a behavioral component these are not treated in any detail here. Studies of heritable differences in behavior among phytophagous insects received little attention until recently, and we hope that by emphasizing the need, the genetics of host-plant selection will be examined further.


Colorado Potato Beetle Host Selection Phytophagous Insect Oviposition Preference Isofemale Line 
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