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Cucumber mosaic virus and its RNA silencing suppressor alter plant odour as perceived by pollinators

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Production of many important crops depends on bee-facilitated pollination. Worryingly, bee populations are endangered by disease and environmental change. To mitigate the ensuing loss of pollination activity requires among other things a deeper understanding of the mechanisms shaping bee-plant interactions. My data show that non-floral plant volatiles can be perceived by bumblebees and affect their behaviour. Furthermore, emission by plants of bee-perceivable compounds is controlled by small RNA regulatory pathways, which can be perturbed by virus infection.

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