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Recruitment of nematodes by maize
« on: 2019-08-10, 12:50:24 PM »
Was watching the cool documentary called "Amazing Plants" and learned that some varieties of maize / corn can release a chemical that call nematodes to its rescue when attacked by the larvae of those awful yellow beetles that I see all the time. Apparently nearly all modern corn lines have lost this ability.

Teosinte still has this ability. Since I mostly grow Indian corn I wonder if mine is old enough to also have the ability. The problem is the adult beetles also eat the silks, and I'm not sure if there is an insect protector response for that as well.

Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes by insect-damaged maize roots.