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Aphid Honeydew: A Re-Appraisal of Owen and Wiegert's Hypothesis

Dhrupad Choudhury
Oikos
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Oct., 1985), pp. 287-290
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
DOI: 10.2307/3565718
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3565718
Page Count: 4
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Aphid Honeydew: A Re-Appraisal of Owen and Wiegert's Hypothesis
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Abstract

Experimental evidence does not support Owen and Wiegert's hypothesis of an increase in plant fitness, brought about by insect feeding. However, some ideas are put forward in this paper to show the possibility that aphid honeydew may have a stimulatory effect on nutrient cycling. The impact of honeydew on phylloplane microfloral activity, litter decomposition and nitrogen mineralization are discussed.

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