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Química Nova

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PINTO-ZEVALLOS, Delia M.; MARTINS, Camila B. C.; PELLEGRINO, Ana C.  and  ZARBIN, Paulo H. G.. Compostos orgânicos voláteis na defesa induzida das plantas contra insetos herbívoros. Quím. Nova [online]. 2013, vol.36, n.9, pp.1395-1405. ISSN 0100-4042.

The identification and manipulation of chemical compounds involved in vital activities of arthropods have the potential for developing less aggressive pest control strategies. Herbivory induces the emission of volatile organic compounds involved in the recruitment of natural enemies, plant-plant interactions and repellency of other herbivores. In this report, we review the main chemical groups of volatile organic compounds and their ecological functions, provide an overview of the signal transduction pathways activated upon herbivory, and review the current state of knowledge for practical applications in pest management. We conclude by proposing perspectives for future research.

Keywords : plant chemical defenses; herbivore-induced plant volatile organic compounds; sustainable agriculture.

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