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Pheromone mimic repels aphids: South American potato

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Aphid secreting defensive fluid / Sanjay Achar.. / LicenseCC-by-sa - Attribution Share Alike

Chemicals emitted from a wild South American potato species repels aphids because it mimics the aphids' alarm pheromone.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"A wild species of South American potato discharges a message-chemical, a pheromone, which resembles that emitted by aphids when they are under attack. So those aphids never land on it." (Attenborough 1995:68)
About the inspiring organism
Med_1280pxaphidsap2 Solanum
Solanum

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Non-toxic pest inhibitors.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Agriculture, cleaning industry

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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