Plants don't have it easy. Whiteflies, aphids, plant hoppers - there are simply too many insects that suck plant juices and thus damage their hosts. However, the plants are not helpless. They produce plant substances that the suckers do not like, or use scents to attract...
However, the mechanism of plant resistance to sap-feeding insects is still not sufficiently known. It is obvious that not everyone is "reinventing the wheel", so to speak, but that the defence methods are similar. Researchers have now come up with the idea of checking whether there are particularly widespread or successful variants of defence. If so, this could be helpful in breeding new, more resistant plant varieties....
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