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Signal signature of aboveground-induced resistance upon belowground herbivory in maize

Erb, Matthias ; Flors, Victor ; Karlen, Danielle ; de Lange, Elvira S. ; Planchamp, Chantal ; D’Alessandro, Marco ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Ton, Jurriaan

In: The Plant Journal, 2009, vol. 59, no. 2, p. 292-302

Plants activate local and systemic defence mechanisms upon exposure to stress. This innate immune response is partially regulated by plant hormones, and involves the accumulation of defensive metabolites. Although local defence reactions to herbivores are well studied, less is known about the impact of root herbivory on shoot defence. Here, we examined the effects of belowground infestation by...

Université de Neuchâtel

The role of abscisic acid and water stress in root herbivore-induced leaf resistance

Erb, Matthias ; Köllner, Tobias G. ; Degenhardt, Jörg ; Zwahlen, Claudia ; Hibbard, Bruce E. ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: New Phytologist, 2011, vol. 189, no. 1, p. 308-320

Herbivore-induced systemic resistance occurs in many plants and is commonly assumed to be adaptive. The mechanisms triggered by leaf-herbivores that lead to systemic resistance are largely understood, but it remains unknown how and why root herbivory also increases resistance in leaves. To resolve this, we investigated the mechanism by which the root herbivore Diabrotica...

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Sequence of arrival determines plant-mediated interactions between herbivores

Erb, Matthias ; Robert, Christelle Aurélie Maud ; Hibbard, Bruce E. ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Journal of Ecology, 2011, vol. 99, no. 1, p. 7-15

1. Induced changes in plant quality can mediate indirect interactions between herbivores. Although the sequence of attack by different herbivores has been shown to influence plant responses, little is known about how this affects the herbivores themselves. 2. We therefore investigated how induction by the leaf herbivore Spodoptera frugiperda influences resistance of teosinte...

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Systemic root signalling in a belowground, volatile-mediated tritrophic interaction

Hiltpold, Ivan ; Erb, Matthias ; Robert, Christelle Aurélie Maud ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Plant, Cell & Environment, 2011, vol. 34, no. 8, p. 1267–1275

Plants attacked by leaf herbivores release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) both locally from the wounded site and systemically from non-attacked tissues. These volatiles serve as attractants for predators and parasitoids. This phenomenon is well described for plant leaves, but systemic induction of VOCs in the roots has remained unstudied. We assessed the spatial and temporal activation of the...

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Population genetic structure of two primary parasitoids of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera), Chelonus insularis and Campoletis sonorensis (Hymenoptera): to what extent is the host plant important?

Jourdie, Violaine ; Alvarez, Nadir ; Molina-Ochoa, Jaime ; Williams, Trevor ; Bergvinson, David ; Benrey, Betty ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Franck, Pierre

In: Molecular Ecology, 2010, vol. 19, no. 10, p. 2168-2179

Plant chemistry can strongly influence interactions between herbivores and their natural enemies, either by providing volatile compounds that serve as foraging cues for parasitoids or predators, or by affecting the quality of herbivores as hosts or prey. Through these effects plants may influence parasitoid population genetic structure. We tested for a possible specialization on specific crop...

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Oviposition by a moth suppresses constitutive and herbivore-induced plant volatiles in maize

Gomes Villalba Peñaflor, M. Fernanda ; Erb, Matthias ; Robert, Christelle Aurélie Maud ; Miranda, Livia Atauri ; Graf Werneburg, Andrea ; Dossi, Fábio Cleisto Alda ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Bento, J. Maurício Simões

In: Planta, 2011, vol. 234, no. 1, p. 207-225

Plant volatiles function as important signals for herbivores, parasitoids, predators, and neighboring plants. Herbivore attack can dramatically increase plant volatile emissions in many species. However, plants do not only react to herbivore-inflicted damage, but also already start adjusting their metabolism upon egg deposition by insects. Several studies have found evidence that egg deposition...

Université de Neuchâtel

Attractiveness of Constitutive and Herbivore-Induced Sesquiterpene Blends of Maize to the Parasitic Wasp Cotesia marginiventris (Cresson)

Fontana, Anna ; Held, Matthias ; Fantaye, Chalie A. ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Degenhardt, Jörg ; Gershenzon, Jonathan

In: Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2011, vol. 37, no. 6, p. 582-591

Plant volatile compounds induced by herbivore attack have been demonstrated to provide a signal to herbivore enemies such as parasitic wasps that use these volatiles to locate their hosts. However, in addition to herbivore-induced volatiles, plants often release volatiles constitutively. We assessed the interaction between herbivore-induced and constitutively released volatiles of maize in the...

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Restoring a maize root signal that attracts insect-killing nematodes to control a major pest

Degenhardt, Jörg ; Hiltpold, Ivan ; Köllner, Tobias G. ; Frey, Monika ; Gierl, Alfons ; Gershenzon, Jonathan ; Hibbard, Bruce E. ; Ellersieck, Mark R. ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009, vol. 106, no. 32, p. 13213-13218

When attacked by herbivorous insects, plants emit volatile compounds that attract natural enemies of the insects. It has been proposed that these volatile signals can be manipulated to improve crop protection. Here, we demonstrate the full potential of this strategy by restoring the emission of a specific belowground signal emitted by insect-damaged maize roots. The western corn rootworm induces...

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Simultaneous feeding by aboveground and belowground herbivores attenuates plant-mediated attraction of their respective natural enemies

Rasmann, Sergio ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Oikos, 2007, vol. 10, no. 10, p. 926-936

Herbivore-damaged plants emit volatile organic compounds that attract natural enemies of the herbivores. This form of indirect plant defence occurs aboveground as well as belowground, but it remains unclear how simultaneous feeding by different herbivores attacking leaves and roots may affect the production of the respective defence signals. We employed a setup that combines trapping of volatile...