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Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology

versão On-line ISSN 1677-9452


MELLO, Marcia O.  e  SILVA-FILHO, Marcio C.. Plant-insect interactions: an evolutionary arms race between two distinct defense mechanisms. Braz. J. Plant Physiol. [online]. 2002, vol.14, n.2, pp.71-81. ISSN 1677-9452.

In this review, plant-insect interaction is discussed as a dynamic system, subjected to continual variation and change. Plants developed different mechanisms to reduce insect attack, including specific responses that activate different metabolic pathways which considerably alter their chemical and physical aspects. On the other hand, insects developed several strategies to overcome plant defense barriers, allowing them to feed, grow and reproduce on their host plants. This review foccuses on several aspects of this complex interaction between plants and insects, including chemical-derived substances, protein-derived molecules and volatile compounds of plants whereas metabolization, sequestration or avoidance are in turn employed by the insects.

Palavras-chave : adaptation; co-evolution; herbivory.

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