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Volatile chemical compounds to Falconia intermedia?
Samella Ngxande - Biological Control Unit, Zoology and Entomology Department, Rhodes University
Lantana (Lantana camara) is one of the most problematic invaders in South Africa invading forest edges, sand dunes and shorelines by forming impenetrable thickens.
Lantana invasion degrade natural biodiversity, reduce the value of land and as a consequence, it has been a target for biological control for over 50 years.
One of the biological control agents released against Lantana is Falconia intermidia which feeds by inducing anti-herbivory response through increased leaf toughness, trichome density and production of volatile chemicals by two varieties of this weed.
However it is not known what specific effects the induced volatile chemicals have on F. intermidia.