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Tobacco Growing Made Easy

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Concentrations of secondary plant substances

Even within a single leaf, local concentrations of protective chemicals may vary and, in poplar leaves for instance, gradually increase from the base to the leaf tip (Fig. 4.11). Colonizing gall aphids, therefore, do not settle randomly on a leaf, but nearly always attempt to form their galls at the base of that leaf, where the concentration of phe-nolics is lowest.298 Likewise, nicotine gradients in leaves of tobacco plants showed a 2-3-fold increase from the basal to apical portion of the leaf, and usually from medial to edge. Tobacco hornworms (Manduca sexta) prefer to feed on the low-nicotine leaf regions, whereas tomato hornworms (M. quinquemaculata) show the opposite response.156

The Biotic Environment

The evolutionary origin of these secondary metabolites remains a matter of speculation. An early view was that the chemicals arose as waste products of a plant's primary metabolism, and the plant, being unable to excrete the molecules, simply retained them within its tissues. This idea is now considered unlikely given the highly complex nature of some of these compounds and, therefore, the amount of energy required for their synthesis. A more likely possibility is that originally the metabolites were simply short-lived intermediates in normal biochemical pathways within plants and or provided a means of storing chemical energy for later use by the plant. In other words, the original function(s) of these compounds may have been unrelated to the occurrence ofherbivores. An example of such a compound might be nicotine produced by the tobacco plant (Nicotiana spp.). Radioisotope studies have shown that, although about 12 of the energy trapped in photosynthesis is used

Plantplant interactions

An example of heterospecific plant interaction in a field situation is provided by sagebrush. Damage to sagebrush plants results in the induction of resistance in neighbouring wild tobacco plants (Nicotiana attenuata). This reaction of the tobacco plants may be the physiological response to the volatile methyl jasmonate emitted by the damaged

Biological Control Through Augmentation

To commercially produce a natural enemy, insectaries must be able to make a financial profit on the species. Successful production systems vary. For some species, such as whitefly parasitoids, production can use natural hosts on their favored plants. E. formosa, for example, is reared in greenhouse whitefly produced on tobacco plants. Similarly, the important predatory mite. P. persimilis is grown on the spider mite Tetranychus pacificus on bean plants in greenhouses. In other examples, costs of production or the scale of production are improved by rearing species other than the target pest. Most Trichogramma wasp species are grown on the eggs of moths that feed on stored grain, rather than on eggs of the target moths themselves, because colonies of grain-feeding moths can be reared much more cheaply, allowing the production of Trichogramma in huge numbers at low cost.

Why Insects Have Discrete Meals

The risk of predation has almost certainly also had a major role in shaping feeding behavior. Predation risks are much higher during feeding presumably because of the movements made by the insect that can be detected visually or mechanically by potential predators. For example, genista caterpillars, Uresiphita reversalis, feed for only about 3 of the day, yet 80 of predation by anthocorid bugs occurs during this period. Similarly, although tobacco hornworm caterpillars (Manduca sexta) on tobacco plants in a greenhouse fed for only about 7 of the time, 20 of predation occurred during this period.

The Panorpoid Orders

This large group, containing more than 13,000 described species, is subdivided into 17 families by Nielsen and Common (1991). The great majority of species are contained in four families. The OECOPHORIDAE (mallee moths) (including the Xylorictidae and Stenomatidae of other authors) contains some 7000 species, about 80 of which are Australian. Larvae of most species are external feeders on decaying organic matter, fungi, or the leaves, flowers, or seeds of angiosperms for protection, they build portable cases of leaf fragments, spin shelters among leaves, or live in silken tubes. By feeding on leaf litter, many Australian species p1ay a key role in energy transfer through the eucalypt ecosystem. Larvae of a few species are stem miners, or prey on soft-bodied arthropods. Though most species are small, the family includes the largest gelechioids with wingspans up to 7.5 cm. The GELECHIIDAE form a widely distributed family containing about 4000 species of small to very small moths. Their...

Systemic effects

In addition to local effects, a local infestation often also has systemic effects. Such distance effects relate to both induced direct and indirect resistance. Feeding damage on a single tomato leaf results in the production of protease inhibitor in other leaves of the same plant.228 Likewise, caterpillar feeding on a single maize leaf results in the emission of parasitoid-attracting volatiles from other leaves of the same plant.262 In some cases systemic effects are inherent even to the local effect. Nicotine synthesis in tobacco plants occurs in the roots. Caterpillar damage to tobacco leaves results in an induced nicotine production in the roots and subsequent transport to both the damaged and the undamaged leaves.16 The exact nature of the systemic mechanism is still unsolved. There is evidence for the presence of chemical elicitors,228 as well as a role for hydraulic179 and electrical292 signals. Possibly, systemic signalling is based on a combination of the three modes.

Brief History

Achieved on many crops, and populations of some pests that affect both public and veterinary health were greatly diminished. The shortcomings of these compounds, particularly their lack of selectivity and harmful environmental effects, were eventually realized, however, leading to the termination of their use by the late 1970s. Meanwhile, organophosphorus and carbamate insecticides gained in popularity and have established themselves as two of the major classes of insecticides. Many of them offer at least some degree of selectivity (malathion is particularly outstanding in this regard) and are less persistent in the environment. In more recent years, functional synthetic analogues of naturally occurring toxic chemicals were developed. Pyrethroids, for example, are essentially synthetic mimics of naturally occurring pyrethrins found in the flowers of species of chrysanthemum. The synthetic neonicotinoids mimic naturally occurring nicotine from tobacco plants. Useful microbial products...


All the available evidence suggests that plants make alkaloids to deter predators. Some, like the tobacco alkaloids are strongly toxic to insects. Nicotine, anabasine and other related alkaloids are produced in the roots of the tobacco plant and translocated to the leaves. Nicotine is certainly toxic to most insects. Formerly, a crude preparation of nicotine was used commercially as an insecticide, but the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta) (Plate 15) has adapted itself so that its larvae feed only on tobacco

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