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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526946/evolutionary-ecology-of-multitrophic-interactions-between-plants-insect-herbivores-and-entomopathogens
#1
Ikkei Shikano
Plants play an important role in the interactions between insect herbivores and their pathogens. Since the seminal review by Cory and Hoover (2006) on plant-mediated effects on insect-pathogen interactions, considerable progress has been made in understanding the complexity of these tritrophic interactions. Increasing interest in the areas of nutritional and ecological immunology over the last decade have revealed that plant primary and secondary metabolites can influence the outcomes of insect-pathogen interactions by altering insect immune functioning and physical barriers to pathogen entry...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521946/genomics-of-the-asian-rice-gall-midge-and-its-interactions-with-rice
#2
REVIEW
Deepak Kumar Sinha, Isha Atray, Ruchi Agarrwal, Jagadish Sanmallappa Bentur, Suresh Nair
Understanding virulence and manipulative strategies of gall formers will reveal new facets of plant defense and insect counter defense. Among the gall midges, the Asian rice gall midge (AGM) has emerged as a model for studies on plant-insect interactions. Data from several genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics studies have revealed diverse strategies adopted by AGM to successfully invade the host while overcoming its defense. Adaptive skills of AGM transcend from its genomic and transcriptomic make-up...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521336/chemical-ecology-of-antibiotic-production-by-actinomycetes
#3
Anne van der Meij, Sarah F Worsley, Matthew I Hutchings, Gilles P van Wezel
Actinomycetes are a diverse family of filamentous bacteria that produce a plethora of natural products relevant for agriculture, biotechnology and medicine, including the majority of the antibiotics we use in the clinic. Rather than as free-living bacteria, many actinomycetes have evolved to live in symbiosis with among others plants, fungi, insects and sponges. As a common theme, these organisms profit from the natural products and enzymes produced by the actinomycetes, for example, for protection against pathogenic microbes, for growth promotion or for the degradation of complex natural polymers such as lignocellulose...
May 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520791/toxic-and-hormetic-like-effects-of-three-components-of-citrus-essential-oils-on-adult-mediterranean-fruit-flies-ceratitis-capitata
#4
Stella A Papanastasiou, Eleftheria-Maria D Bali, Charalampos S Ioannou, Dimitrios P Papachristos, Kostas D Zarpas, Nikos T Papadopoulos
Plant essential oils (EOs) and a wide range of their individual components are involved in a variety of biological interactions with insect pests including stimulatory, deterrent, toxic and even hormetic effects. Both the beneficial and toxic properties of citrus EOs on the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) have been experimentally evidenced over the last years. However, no information is available regarding the toxic or beneficial effects of the major components of citrus EOs via contact with the adults of the Mediterranean fruit fly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517023/shifts-in-water-availability-mediate-plant-pollinator-interactions
#5
M Kate Gallagher, Diane R Campbell
Altered precipitation patterns associated with anthropogenic climate change are expected to have many effects on plants and insect pollinators, but it is unknown if effects on pollination are mediated by changes in water availability. We tested the hypothesis that impacts of climate on plant-pollinator interactions operate through changes in water availability, and specifically that such effects occur through alteration of floral attractants. We manipulated water availability in two naturally occurring Mertensia ciliata (Boraginaceae) populations using water addition, water reduction and control plots and measured effects on vegetative and floral traits, pollinator visitation and seed set...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515887/bottom-up-and-top-down-effects-of-tree-species-diversity-on-leaf-insect-herbivory
#6
Bastien Castagneyrol, Damien Bonal, Maxime Damien, Hervé Jactel, Céline Meredieu, Evalyne W Muiruri, Luc Barbaro
The diversity of plant neighbors commonly results in direct, bottom-up effects on herbivore ability to locate their host, and in indirect effects on herbivores involving changes in plant traits and a top-down control by their enemies. Yet, the relative contribution of bottom-up and top-down forces remains poorly understood. We also lack knowledge on the effect of abiotic constraints such as summer drought on the strength and direction of these effects. We measured leaf damage on pedunculate oak (Quercus robur), alone or associated with birch, pine or both in a long-term tree diversity experiment (ORPHEE), where half of the plots were irrigated while the other half remained without irrigation and received only rainfall...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506897/aegerolysins-lipid-binding-proteins-with-versatile-functions
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REVIEW
Matej Butala, Maruša Novak, Nada Kraševec, Matej Skočaj, Peter Veranič, Peter Maček, Kristina Sepčić
Proteins of the aegerolysin family span many kingdoms of life. They are relatively widely distributed in bacteria and fungi, but also appear in plants, protozoa and insects. Despite being produced in abundance in cells at specific developmental stages and present in secretomes, only a few aegerolysins have been studied in detail. In particular, their organism-specific physiological roles are intriguing. Here, we review published findings to date on the distribution, molecular interactions and biological activities of this family of structurally and functionally versatile proteins, the aegerolysins...
May 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503925/proteomics-provides-insight-into-the-interaction-between-mulberry-and-silkworm
#8
Dandan Wang, Zhaoming Dong, Yan Zhang, Kaiyu Guo, Pengchao Guo, Ping Zhao, Qingyou Xia
Mulberry leaves have been selected as food source for the silkworm (Bombyx mori) over 5000 years. However, the interaction mechanisms of mulberry-silkworm remain largely unknown. In this study, we try to explore the interaction between mulberry and silkworm at the protein level. Total proteins were extracted from mulberry leaves and silkworm feces on day 5 of the fifth larval instar, and analyzed on shotgun liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, respectively. In total, 2076 and 210 foliar proteins were identified from mulberry leaves and silkworm feces, respectively...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502641/insights-in-luteovirid-structural-biology-guided-by-chemical-cross-linking-and-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#9
Mariko M Alexander, Jared P Mohr, Stacy L DeBlasio, Juan D Chavez, Veronique Ziegler-Graff, Veronique Brault, James E Bruce, Michelle Cilia
Interactions between plant pathogenic viruses in the family Luteoviridae and their plant hosts and insect vectors are governed by the topology of the viral capsid, which is the sole vehicle for long distance movement of the viral genome. Previous application of a mass spectrometry-compatible cross-linker to preparations of the luteovirid Potato leafroll virus (PLRV; Luteoviridae: Polerovirus) revealed a detailed network of interactions between viral structural proteins and enabled generation of the first cross-linking guided coat protein models...
May 11, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502082/desynchronizations-in-bee-plant-interactions-cause-severe-fitness-losses-in-solitary-bees
#10
Mariela Schenk, Jochen Krauss, Andrea Holzschuh
1.Global warming can disrupt mutualistic interactions between solitary bees and plants when increasing temperature differentially changes the timing of interacting partners. One possible scenario is for insect phenology to advance more rapidly than plant phenology. 2.However, empirical evidence for fitness consequences due to temporal mismatches is lacking for pollinators and it remains unknown if bees have developed strategies to mitigate fitness losses following temporal mismatches. 3.We tested the effect of temporal mismatches on the fitness of three spring-emerging solitary bee species, including one pollen specialist...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499009/a-viral-suppressor-of-rna-silencing-inhibits-argonaute-1-function-by-precluding-target-rna-binding-to-pre-assembled-risc
#11
Erzsébet Kenesi, Alberto Carbonell, Rita Lózsa, Beáta Vértessy, Lóránt Lakatos
In most eukaryotes, RNA silencing is an adaptive immune system regulating key biological processes including antiviral defense. To evade this response, viruses of plants, worms and insects have evolved viral suppressors of RNA silencing proteins (VSRs). Various VSRs, such as P1 from Sweet potato mild mottle virus (SPMMV), inhibit the activity of RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISCs) including an ARGONAUTE (AGO) protein loaded with a small RNA. However, the specific mechanisms explaining this class of inhibition are unknown...
May 12, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498837/whitefly-attraction-to-rosemary-rosmarinus-officinialis-l-is-associated-with-volatile-composition-and-quantity
#12
Dganit Sadeh, Nadav Nitzan, Alona Shachter, David Chaimovitsh, Nativ Dudai, Murad Ghanim
Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) is an important insect pest, causing severe damage to agricultural crops. The pest was recorded in a commercial rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis, Lamiaceae) field, colonizing rosemary variety (var.) '2', but not '11'. A series of field and controlled laboratory choice bioassays confirmed the observed phenomenon. Mature potted plants of the two varieties were randomly organized in a lemon verbena (Lippia citrodora) and lemon grass (Cymbopogon spp.) fields. Seven days later var. '2' was significantly more colonized by whiteflies than var...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491055/metagenomic-sequencing-of-diamondback-moth-gut-microbiome-unveils-key-holobiont-adaptations-for-herbivory
#13
Xiaofeng Xia, Geoff M Gurr, Liette Vasseur, Dandan Zheng, Huanzi Zhong, Bingcai Qin, Junhan Lin, Yue Wang, FengQin Song, Yong Li, Hailan Lin, Minsheng You
Herbivore specialists adapt to feed on a specific group of host plants by evolving various mechanisms to respond to plant defenses. Insects also possess complex gut microbiotas but their potential role in adaptation is poorly understood. Our previous study of the genome of diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, revealed an intrinsic capacity to detoxify plant defense compounds, which is an important factor in its success as a pest. Here we expand on that work with a complete taxonomic and functional profile of the P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488813/imaging-mass-spectrometry-for-metabolites-technical-progress-multimodal-imaging-and-biological-interactions
#14
REVIEW
Ying-Ning Ho, Lin-Jie Shu, Yu-Liang Yang
Imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) allows the study of the spatial distribution of small molecules in biological samples. IMS is able to identify and quantify chemicals in situ from whole tissue sections to single cells. Both vacuum mass spectrometry (MS) and ambient MS systems have advanced considerably over the last decade; however, some limitations are still hard to surmount. Sample pretreatment, matrix or solvent choices, and instrument improvement are the key factors that determine the successful application of IMS to different samples and analytes...
May 10, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486146/plant-insect-pathogen-interactions-a-naturally-complex-m%C3%A3-nage-%C3%A3-trois
#15
REVIEW
Flávia P Franco, Daniel S Moura, Jorge M Vivanco, Marcio C Silva-Filho
Under environmental conditions, plants are constantly exposed to a wide range of biotic interactions, which include insects, and pathogens. Usually scientists are tempted to study each association individually, which reduces the complexity of the interaction. This restricted view of the problem does not consider that plants are the ballroom in which a multitude of organisms are constantly interacting with each other affecting not only plant responses but also how one organism responds to the other. Plants attacked by insects and pathogens display profound physiological, morphological and chemical changes or adaptations that result in organism attraction or avoidance, depending on the species involved...
May 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483639/plant-genotype-and-induced-defenses-affect-the-productivity-of-an-insect-killing-obligate-viral-pathogen
#16
Ikkei Shikano, Elizabeth M McCarthy, Bret D Elderd, Kelli Hoover
Plant-mediated variations in the outcomes of host-pathogen interactions can strongly affect epizootics and the population dynamics of numerous species, including devastating agricultural pests such as the fall armyworm. Most studies of plant-mediated effects on insect pathogens focus on host mortality, but few have measured pathogen yield, which can affect whether or not an epizootic outbreak occurs. Insects challenged with baculoviruses on different plant species and parts can vary in levels of mortality and yield of infectious stages (occlusion bodies; OBs)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475913/salinity-affects-metabolomic-profiles-of-different-trophic-levels-in-a-food-chain
#17
Kyong-Hee Nam, Young-Joong Kim, Ye Seul Moon, In-Soon Pack, Chang-Gi Kim
Salinization is one of the most important abiotic stressors in an ecosystem. To examine how exposing a host plant to excess salt affects the consequent performance and metabolism of insects in a food chain, we determined the life history traits and the metabolite profiles in rice (Oryza sativa), the herbivore Sitobion avenae, and its predator Harmonia axyridis. When compared with performance under normal (non-stressed) conditions, exposing plants to 50mM NaCl significantly delayed the timing of development for S...
May 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464853/volatile-organic-compounds-associated-with-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-vitro
#18
Ricardo Correa, Lorena M Coronado, Anette C Garrido, Armando A Durant-Archibold, Carmenza Spadafora
BACKGROUND: In order to identify new ways to prevent transmission of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, efforts have been made to understand how insects are attracted to humans. Vector-host interaction studies have shown that several volatile compounds play an important role in attracting mosquitoes to human targets. A headspace solid-phase micro-extraction/gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HSPME GC-MS) analysis of the volatile organic composition of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and supernatants of ultracentrifugation (SNUs) was carried out in Plasmodium falciparum-infected cultures with high and low parasitemias...
May 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458674/impact-of-combined-abiotic-and-biotic-stresses-on-plant-growth-and-avenues-for-crop-improvement-by-exploiting-physio-morphological-traits
#19
REVIEW
Prachi Pandey, Vadivelmurugan Irulappan, Muthukumar V Bagavathiannan, Muthappa Senthil-Kumar
Global warming leads to the concurrence of a number of abiotic and biotic stresses, thus affecting agricultural productivity. Occurrence of abiotic stresses can alter plant-pest interactions by enhancing host plant susceptibility to pathogenic organisms, insects, and by reducing competitive ability with weeds. On the contrary, some pests may alter plant response to abiotic stress factors. Therefore, systematic studies are pivotal to understand the effect of concurrent abiotic and biotic stress conditions on crop productivity...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453570/contrasting-effects-of-heat-pulses-on-different-trophic-levels-an-experiment-with-a-herbivore-parasitoid-model-system
#20
Stijn J J Schreven, Enric Frago, Annemiek Stens, Peter W de Jong, Joop J A van Loon
Under predicted global climate change, species will be gradually exposed to warmer temperatures, and to a more variable climate including more intense and more frequent heatwaves. Increased climatic variability is expected to have different effects on species and ecosystems than gradual warming. A key challenge to predict the impact of climate change is to understand how temperature changes will affect species interactions. Herbivorous insects and their natural enemies belong to some of the largest groups of terrestrial animals, and thus they have a great impact on the functioning of ecosystems and on the services these ecosystems provide...
2017: PloS One
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