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Growth and nutrition of Agelastica coerulea (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larvae changed when fed with leaves obtained from an O₃-enriched atmosphere

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Title: Growth and nutrition of Agelastica coerulea (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larvae changed when fed with leaves obtained from an O₃-enriched atmosphere
Authors: Abu ElEla, Shahenda A. Browse this author
Agathokleous, Evgenios Browse this author
Koike, Takayoshi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Air pollution
Leaf beetle
Trophic interaction
Issue Date: May-2018
Publisher: Springer
Journal Title: Environmental science and pollution research
Volume: 25
Issue: 13
Start Page: 13186
End Page: 13194
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s11356-018-1683-1
PMID: 29525869
Abstract: A series of laboratory no-choice assays were performed to test changes in the feeding, growth, and nutrition of leaf beetle (Agelastica coerulea) larval instars on O₃-treated leaves of Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica). Larvae fed with O₃-treated leaves grew and developed significantly faster throughout their developmental cycle than the corresponding controls. The growth rate (GR) and consumption index (CI) were mostly decreased with age for both control and O₃-treated leaves. Efficiency of conversion of both ingested and digested food (ECI, ECD) showed an increase from the 2nd to the 4th instar, after which they decreased significantly and reached the lowest value in the last larval instars (7th). GR, CI, ECI, and ECD were greater and approximate digestibility (AD) was lower in larvae fed with O₃-treated leaves than those fed with control leaves. This indicated that the greater rate of growth on fumigated leaves was due primarily to a greater rate of consumption (i.e., O₃ increased the "acceptability" of the host more than "suitability") and efficiency in converting food into body mass. Overall, larval performance seemed to have improved when fed with O₃-treated leaves in these assays. This study suggests that insects may be more injurious to O₃-treated plants and warrants further investigations on birch-beetle interactions under field conditions.
Rights: © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018.,The final publication is available at Springer via
Type: article (author version)
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