Plant tannins and insect herbivores: an appraisal
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2008
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 353–360, November 1981
How to Cite
BERNAYS, E. A. (1981), Plant tannins and insect herbivores: an appraisal. Ecological Entomology, 6: 353–360. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.1981.tb00625.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2008
- Accepted 25 March 1981
Abstract. 1. The bioassays with tannins and insects, and the ecological studies on insects implicating tannins, are summarized and discussed.
2. Because of the great variation now shown in all aspects of the insect-tannin relationship, the difficulty of making generalizations is stressed.
3. The significance of plant tannins for insect herbivores is reconsidered in the light of recent work and little-known older work, which illustrate the very varied nature of its effects.