Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Graminivory

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1148

Eating or feeding on grasses (the plant family Graminae or Poaceae). Arthropods that feed on grasses are said to be graminivorous or graminivores. Grasses are sometimes said not to be particularly well defended biochemically against insect feeding, depending instead on silicification, lignification, trichomes, and a basal meristem for defense against herbivory. However, secondary plant compounds are also abundant in grasses.

References

  1. Redak RA (1987) Forage quality: secondary chemistry of grasses. In: Capinera JL (ed) Integrated pest management on rangeland. A shortgrass prairie perspective. Westview Press, Boulder, CO, pp 38–55Google Scholar
  2. Rittenhouse LR, Roath LR (1987) Forage quality: primary chemistry of grasses. In: Capinera JL (ed) Integrated pest management on rangeland. A shortgrass prairie perspective. Westview Press, Boulder, CO, pp 25–37Google Scholar

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