Resistance to Flea Beetle Phyllotreta cruciferae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in False Flax, Camelina sativa (Brassicaceae) — P. Pachagounder, R.J. Lamb, and R.P. Bodnaryk – The Canadian Entomologist 1998

Summary: Feeding damage by the crucifer flea beetle, Phyllotreta cruciferae, was assessed on 51 accessions of false flax, Camelina sativa, and compared with damage to seven other crucifer species. Flea beetles were observed sitting on false flax in the field, sometimes in high numbers, but they did not feed. Resistance in false flax may result from the absence of cues that initiate feeding, rather than a feeding deterrent. The high level of resistance in false flax would likely be economically beneficial if this species is developed as an oilseed crop. False flax could also be useful experimentally for identifying the cues that attract flea beetles to plants and stimulate their feeding. Link: