Stabilization of Aphid Populations by an Aphid Induced Plant Factor

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MANY tree dwelling aphids such as the sycamore aphid, Drepanosiphum platanoides (Schrk.), feed on the phloem sap of leaves and are restricted to one host plant. If therefore the aphids affect the metabolism of the leaves of deciduous trees while they are still developing in the spring, this may subsequently affect later generations of aphids.

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    Dixon, A. F. G., Animal Populations in Relation to their Food Resources, 271 (Blackwell, Oxford, 1970).

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    Dixon, A. F. G., J. Appl. Ecol., 7 (1970) (in the press).

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DIXON, A. Stabilization of Aphid Populations by an Aphid Induced Plant Factor. Nature 227, 1368–1369 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271368a0

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