Antibiosis is a biological interaction between two or more organisms that is detrimental to at least one of them; it can also be an antagonistic association between an organism and the metabolic substances produced by another.[1] Examples of antibiosis include the relationship between antibiotics and bacteria and the relationship between animals and disease-causing pathogens.

Antibiosis is commonly found and studied in host plants and the insects which feed upon them.

"Antibiosis resistance affects the biology of the insect so pest abundance and subsequent damage is reduced compared to that which would have occurred if the insect was on a susceptible crop variety. Antibiosis resistance often results in increased mortality or reduced longevity and reproduction of the insect."[2]

See also


  1. "antibiosis". The Free Dictionary.
  2. Teetes, George L. "Plant Resistance to Insects: A Fundamental Component of IPM". Radcliffe's IPM World Textbook. University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2011-11-07.

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