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Aphid Honeydew: A Re-Appraisal of Owen and Wiegert's Hypothesis
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Oct., 1985), pp. 287-290
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3565718
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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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