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Chemical Ecology in Thrips-Host Plant Interactions

T N Ananthakrishnan (Author) R. Gopichandran (Author)
Synopsis The present volume aims at identifying the biochemical parameters in thrips-host plant interactions. With increased inputs in our understanding of chemical ecology, this volume paves the way for an integrated approach to the study of thrips-host plant interactions, including host preferences and trophic diversity in terms of infestation mechanics and host plant tissue responses to thrips feeding injury. Emphasis has been laid on the elucidation of the action of secondary compounds in attraction or deterrence of thrips as well as the diversity of resistance mechanisms in the host plants to counteract attacks by thrips. The role of flavonoids in pollination, as well as nutritional rewards to the pollinator in the form of nectar and pollen have also been discussed. Changes in the biochemical profiles of galls induced by thrips have been related to the population density of the gall makers and the diversity in the expression of the activity of salivary enzymes of thrips. A brief outline of some of the techniques that can be employed in investigations of the kind discussed, is also presented.
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About the authors

T N Ananthakrishnan

Prof. T.N.Ananthakrishna was Director of the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata and Director of the Entomological research Institute, Chennai and earlier as Professor of Zoology His wide research experience spans over 55 years and his contributors to sevarl areas of Entomology and General Ecology are well known. He has more than 400 publications including over 25 books. He has been a recipient of several national awards such as: the Kidwai Award of ICAR, the Pitamber Pant Award of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the K.C. Mehta Award of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Sundarlal Hora Medal of the Indian National Science Academy and the J.C. Bose Award of the Indian Science Congress. He is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and fellow of the national Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

R. Gopichandran

R. Gopichandran serves as a Scientist at the Centre for Environment Education and coordinates the Industry Initiatives programme building capacities of industry, regulatory agencies, financial institutions and community stakeholders on aspects of compliance and environmental management. He has significant experience in devising information support and technical assistance strategies for phasing our ozone depleting substances in conjunction with commitments to Montreal Protocol; working closely with United Nations Environment Programme in particular. Two doctoral degrees in areas of microbial and chemical ecology and about thirty publications to his credit reflect his substantial academic foundations. Gopi has also taught extensively in several centers of higher learning in India.

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Title Chemical Ecology in Thrips-Host Plant Interactions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1993
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length 123p., Figures.