John Whitfield's scientific contributions

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Plants attacked by hungry herbivores can release chemicals that attract their assailants' predators. Could these responses be exploited to develop environmentally friendly pest-control strategies? John Whitfield investigates.


... Therefore, some predators and parasitoids are attracted by plant-derived volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other volatiles are released as herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) due to the occurrence of the 'crying for help' phenomenon (Whitfield, 2001;Gershenzon, 2007;Bruinsma and Dicke, 2008;Dicke, 2009;Dicke and Baldwin, 2010;Kaplan, 2012;Heil, 2014;Abraham et al., 2015). HIPVs are involved in multitrophic insect-plant interactions, and furthermore, the emission of HIPV signals can be detected by neighboring unaffected plants as a wake-up call (Giacomuzzi et al., 2016). ...