New model for analyzing color vision in aphids

Aphids are one of the least welcome garden visitors. These small insects can cause substantial damage in agriculture, but how do they actually choose their host plants? What are the basic mechanisms behind this? Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Kassel now present two novel models that can be used to analyze aphid color vision and thus how the animals respond to plants. This opens up new possibilities for future research on this topic—but may also be relevant for agricultural applications. The study has been published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

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