Read: How insects spot virus-infected plants?

The leaves of the diseased or virus-infected plants reflect light differently to attract the attention of disease-spreading greenfly.

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2016, 22:09 PM IST
Read: How insects spot virus-infected plants?
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Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: As per a recently conducted research, experts have come to the conclusion and found out how insects find out diseased plants.

The leaves of the diseased or virus-infected plants reflect light differently to attract the attention of disease-spreading greenfly.

 

Plant viruses alter the surface of leaves, influencing how light is polarized and thereby helping insects to potentially 'see' infected plants, the findings showed.

The majority of vector-transmitted plant viruses are spread between host plants by insects, in particular by sap-sucking aphids -- more commonly known as greenfly -- which are thought to be sensitive to polarization patterns.

(With IANS inputs)