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1 April 2008 The Relevance of Background Odor in Resource Location by Insects: A Behavioral Approach
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Insects live in a highly complex odorant world. Within a variety of odor blends, they need to locate potential food sources, mates, and oviposition sites to gain reproductive success. In nature, volatile cues leading to a resource are always present with numerous other volatiles—here referred to as background odor—which may affect the parasitoid's response to resource-indicating cues. Three different types of background odor are discussed in this article: (a) irrelevant background odor, (b) background odor that may mask the resource-indicating signals, and (c) background odorants that may “sharpen the view” for resource-indicating odor and enhance the response to these. Odor orientation to resources especially in herbivorous and parasitic insects are addressed.

Roland Schröder and Monika Hilker "The Relevance of Background Odor in Resource Location by Insects: A Behavioral Approach," BioScience 58(4), 308-316, (1 April 2008). https://doi.org/10.1641/B580406
Published: 1 April 2008
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