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Does natal habitat preference modulate cereal kernel preferences in the rice weevil?
Arthropod-Plant Interactions (2013)
  • Pasquale Trematerra, University of Molise
  • Claudio Lupi, University of Molise
  • Christos Athanassiou
Abstract

The influence of larval diet source in Sitophilus oryzae (L.), a primary grain feeder, on the choice of a new cereal host by young adult was investigated through a multiple choice comparative bioassay. For this purpose, virgin male and female adults, which had been reared as immatures in different grain commodities, were monitored according to their food preference in cylindrical arenas containing whole kernels of maize, rice, barley and wheat. The adults showed a clear individual preference for maize kernels, regardless of the previous food experience, sex, and also the interval on which the adults are exposed to food. Males were much more mobile than females, and visited more vigorously different commodities before the final choice. Female response was found to be related with male response to specific food sources. Hence, our results indicate that there was no natal habitat preference induction, since maize was, in most cases, the final commodity choice.

Keywords
  • Rice weevil,
  • Behaviour,
  • Males,
  • Females,
  • Cereal kernels,
  • Food preferences
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Pasquale Trematerra, Claudio Lupi and Christos Athanassiou. "Does natal habitat preference modulate cereal kernel preferences in the rice weevil?" Arthropod-Plant Interactions Vol. 7 Iss. 3 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/claudio_lupi/30/