Article 4 Assignment is based on the paper linked here, Tomato spotted wilt virus Infection Improves Host Suitability for Its Vector Frankliniella occidentalis. Please answer the following questions based off of the paper.
1. Comparing Figures 1 and 2 (and reading the analysis in the results section), is there a difference between thrips being attracted to suseptible plants vs resistant plants? How can you tell?
2. In your own words, what is the value of the non-choice tests? What can they tell us that is different than the choice tests?
3. Based on the data presented in Figure 3 and 4 and the analysis, is a thrip more likely to fly/walk away if it finds itself on an infected or an uninfected plant? How can you tell?
4. Do the non-choice tests shown in Figures 3 and 4 suggest the same trend as the choice tests shown in Figures 5 and 6? Please explain your answer.
5. Based on the data presented in Table 2, what type of plant would provide a female thrip if you were looking to grow a thrip colony? (Not to release into the wild, but for your own experiments.) Please explain.
6. Be creative! What do you think explains the thrip attraction to infection plants for both hanging out and laying eggs?