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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819265/the-chemical-signatures-underlying-host-plant-discrimination-by-aphids
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David P Hopkins, Duncan D Cameron, Roger K Butlin
The diversity of phytophagous insects is largely attributable to speciation involving shifts between host plants. These shifts are mediated by the close interaction between insects and plant metabolites. However, there has been limited progress in understanding the chemical signatures that underlie host preferences. We use the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) to address this problem. Host-associated races of pea aphid discriminate between plant species in race-specific ways. We combined metabolomic profiling of multiple plant species with behavioural tests on two A...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819233/biology-physiology-and-gene-expression-of-grasshopper-oedaleus-asiaticus-exposed-to-diet-stress-from-plant-secondary-compounds
#2
Xunbing Huang, Jingchuan Ma, Xinghu Qin, Xiongbing Tu, Guangchun Cao, Guangjun Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Zehua Zhang
We studied the role of plant primary and secondary metabolites in mediating plant-insect interactions by conducting a no-choice single-plant species field experiment to compare the suitability, enzyme activities, and gene expression of Oedaleus asiaticus grasshoppers feeding on four host and non-host plants with different chemical traits. O. asiaticus growth showed a positive relationship to food nutrition content and a negative relationship to secondary compounds content. Grasshopper amylase, chymotrypsin, and lipase activities were positively related to food starch, crude protein, and lipid content, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817594/soil-pathogen-aphid-interactions-under-differences-in-soil-organic-matter-and-mineral-fertilizer
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Stijn van Gils, Giovanni Tamburini, Lorenzo Marini, Arjen Biere, Maaike van Agtmaal, Olaf Tyc, Martine Kos, David Kleijn, Wim H van der Putten
There is increasing evidence showing that microbes can influence plant-insect interactions. In addition, various studies have shown that aboveground pathogens can alter the interactions between plants and insects. However, little is known about the role of soil-borne pathogens in plant-insect interactions. It is also not known how environmental conditions, that steer the performance of soil-borne pathogens, might influence these microbe-plant-insect interactions. Here, we studied effects of the soil-borne pathogen Rhizoctonia solani on aphids (Sitobion avenae) using wheat (Triticum aestivum) as a host...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813469/phytoplasma-infection-of-a-tropical-root-crop-triggers-bottom-up-cascades-by-favoring-generalist-over-specialist-herbivores
#4
Kris A G Wyckhuys, Ignazio Graziosi, Dharani Dhar Burra, Abigail Jan Walter
Global interest on plant-microbe-insect interactions is rapidly growing, revealing the multiple ways in which microorganisms mediate plant-herbivore interactions. Phytopathogens regularly alter whole repertoires of plant phenotypic traits, and bring about shifts in key chemical or morphological characteristics of plant hosts. Pathogens can also cause cascading effects on higher trophic levels, and eventually shape entire plant-associated arthropod communities. We tested the hypothesis that a Candidatus Phytoplasma causing cassava witches' broom (CWB) on cassava (Manihot esculenta Grantz) is altering species composition of invasive herbivores and their associated parasitic hymenopterans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811531/the-selective-antifungal-activity-of-drosophila-melanogaster-metchnikowin-reflects-the-species-dependent-inhibition-of-succinate-coenzyme-q-reductase
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Mohammad-Reza Bolouri Moghaddam, Thomas Gross, Annette Becker, Andreas Vilcinskas, Mohammad Rahnamaeian
Insect-derived antifungal peptides have a significant economic potential, particularly for the engineering of pathogen-resistant crops. However, the nonspecific antifungal activity of such peptides could result in detrimental effects against beneficial fungi, whose interactions with plants promote growth or increase resistance against biotic and abiotic stress. The antifungal peptide metchnikowin (Mtk) from Drosophila melanogaster acts selectively against pathogenic Ascomycota, including Fusarium graminearum, without affecting Basidiomycota such as the beneficial symbiont Piriformospora indica...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806646/static-flexural-properties-of-hedgehog-spines-conditioned-in-coupled-temperature-and-relative-humidity-environments
#6
Emily B Kennedy, Bor-Kai Hsiung, Nathan B Swift, Kwek-Tze Tan
Hedgehogs are agile climbers, scaling trees and plants to heights exceeding 10m while foraging insects. Hedgehog spines (a.k.a. quills) provide fall protection by absorbing shock and could offer insights for the design of lightweight, material-efficient, impact-resistant structures. There has been some study of flexural properties of hedgehog spines, but an understanding of how this keratinous biological material is affected by various temperature and relative humidity treatments, or how spine color (multicolored vs...
August 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805339/what-happens-in-the-pith-stays-in-the-pith-tissue-localized-defense-responses-facilitate-chemical-niche-differentiation-between-two-spatially-separated-herbivores
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Gisuk Lee, Youngsung Joo, Sang-Gyu Kim, Ian T Baldwin
Herbivore attack is known to elicit systemic defense responses that spread throughout the hostplant and influence the performance of other herbivores. While these plant-mediated indirect competitive interactions are well-described, and the co-existence of herbivores from different feeding guilds is common, the mechanisms of co-existence are poorly understood. In both field and glasshouse experiments with a native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, we found no evidence of negative interactions when plants were simultaneously attacked by two spatially separated herbivores: a leaf chewer Manduca sexta and a stem borer Trichobaris mucorea...
August 14, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792546/host-plant-driven-transcriptome-plasticity-in-the-salivary-glands-of-the-cabbage-looper-trichoplusia-ni
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Loren J Rivera-Vega, David A Galbraith, Christina M Grozinger, Gary W Felton
Generalist herbivores feed on a wide array of plants and need to adapt to varying host qualities and defenses. One of the first insect derived secretions to come in contact with the plant is the saliva. Insect saliva is potentially involved in both the pre-digestion of the host plant as well as induction/suppression of plant defenses, yet how the salivary glands respond to changes in host plant at the transcriptional level is largely unknown. The objective of this study was to determine how the labial salivary gland transcriptome varies according to the host plant on which the insect is feeding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771704/parallel-environmental-factors-drive-variation-in-insect-density-and-plant-resistance-in-the-native-and-invaded-ranges
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Yuzu Sakata, Timothy P Craig, Joanne K Itami, Michimasa Yamasaki, Takayuki Ohgushi
Geographic variation in the traits of a species is shaped by variation in abiotic conditions, biotic interactions, and evolutionary history of its interactions with other species. We studied the geographic variation in the density of the lace bug, Corythucha marmorata, and the resistance of tall goldenrod Solidago altissima to the lace bug herbivory in their native range in the USA and invaded range in Japan. We conducted field surveys and reciprocal transplant experiments to examine what abiotic and biotic factors influence variation in lace bug density, and what ecological and evolutionary factors predict the resistance of the host plant between and within the native and invaded ranges...
August 3, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770058/changes-in-phytophagous-insect-host-ranges-following-the-invasion-of-their-community-long-term-data-for-fruit-flies
#10
Maud Charlery de la Masselière, Virginie Ravigné, Benoît Facon, Pierre Lefeuvre, François Massol, Serge Quilici, Pierre-François Duyck
The invasion of an established community by new species can trigger changes in community structure. Invasions often occur in phytophagous insect communities, the dynamics of which are driven by the structure of the host assemblage and the presence of competitors. In this study, we investigated how a community established through successive invasions changed over time, taking the last invasion as the reference. The community included four generalist and four specialist species of Tephritidae fruit flies. We analyzed a long-term database recording observed numbers of flies per fruit for each species on 36 host plants, over 18 years, from 1991 to 2009...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757542/isogroup-selection-to-optimize-biocontrol-increases-cannibalism-in-omnivorous-zoophytophagous-bugs
#11
François Dumont, Denis Réale, Eric Lucas
Zoophytophagous insects can substitute animals for plant resources when prey is scarce. Many arthropods feed on conspecifics to survive in these conditions. An individual's tendency for cannibalism may depend on its genotype along with its diet specialization, in interaction with the availability of alternative food resources. We compared two isogroup lines of the zoophytophagous mullein bug, either specialized on animal or on plant diets, that were generated to improve biocontrol. We predicted that: (1) bugs from the prey-specialized line would show higher levels of cannibalism than bugs from the pollen-specialized line, and (2) both lines would decrease cannibalism levels in the presence of their preferred resource...
July 25, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757147/steering-soil-microbiomes-to-suppress-aboveground-insect-pests
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Ana Pineda, Ian Kaplan, T Martijn Bezemer
Soil-borne microbes affect aboveground herbivorous insects through a cascade of molecular and chemical changes in the plant, but knowledge of these microbe-plant-insect interactions is mostly limited to one or a few microbial strains. Yet, the soil microbial community comprises thousands of unique taxa interacting in complex networks, the so-called 'microbiome', which provides plants with multiple beneficial functions. There has been little exploration of the role and management of whole microbiomes in plant-insect interactions, calling for the integration of this complexity in aboveground-belowground research...
July 27, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755489/vernal-freeze-damage-and-genetic-variation-alter-tree-growth-chemistry-and-insect-interactions
#13
Kennedy F Rubert-Nason, John J Couture, Elizabeth A Gryzmala, Philip A Townsend, Richard L Lindroth
Anticipated consequences of climate change in temperate regions include early spring warmup punctuated by intermittent hard freezes. Warm weather accelerates leaf flush in perennial woody species, potentially exposing vulnerable young tissues to damaging frosts. We employed a 2×6 randomized factorial design to examine how the interplay of vernal (springtime) freeze damage and genetic variation in a hardwood species (Populus tremuloides) influences tree growth, phytochemistry and interactions with an insect herbivore (Chaitophorus stevensis)...
July 29, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741996/transcriptome-changes-associated-with-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-infection-in-various-life-stages-of-its-thrips-vector-frankliniella-fusca-hinds
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Anita Shrestha, Donald E Champagne, Albert K Culbreath, Dorith Rotenberg, Anna E Whitfield, Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan
Persistent propagative viruses maintain intricate interactions with their arthropod vectors. In this study, we investigated the transcriptome-level responses associated with a persistent propagative phytovirus infection in various life stages of its vector using an Illumina HiSeq sequencing platform. The pathosystem components included a Tospovirus, Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), its insect vector, Frankliniella fusca (Hinds), and a plant host, Arachis hypogaea (L.). We assembled (de novo) reads from three developmental stage groups of virus-exposed and non-virus-exposed F...
July 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740172/bottom-up-effects-on-herbivore-induced-plant-defences-a-case-study-based-on-compositional-patterns-of-rhizosphere-microbial-communities
#15
Emilio Benítez, Daniel Paredes, Estefanía Rodríguez, Diana Aldana, Mónica González, Rogelio Nogales, Mercedes Campos, Beatriz Moreno
Below-ground soil microorganisms can modulate above-ground plant-insect interactions. It still needs to be determined whether this is a direct effect of single species or an indirect effect of shifts in soil microbial community assemblages. Evaluation of the soil microbiome as a whole is critical for understanding multi-trophic interactions, including those mediated by volatiles involving plants, herbivorous insects, predators/parasitoids and microorganisms. We implemented a regulated system comprising Nerium oleander plants grown in soil initially containing a sterile/non sterile inoculum, herbivore Aphis nerii and predator Chrysoperla carnea...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735425/influence-of-host-plant-on-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-gut-bacterial-community
#16
Cinzia P Strano, Antonino Malacrinò, Orlando Campolo, Vincenzo Palmeri
Microbial communities associated to the gut of insects are attracting an increasing interest, mainly because of their role in influencing several host life-traits. The characterization of the gut microbial community is pivotal for understanding insect ecology and, thus, to develop novel pest management strategies. The pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pytiocampa (Denis & Schiff.) (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae), is a severe defoliator of pine forests, able to feed on several pine species. In this work, we performed a metabarcoding analysis to investigate, for the first time, the diversity of the gut bacterial community of pine processionary larvae associated with three different host pine species (Pinus halepensis, Pinus nigra subsp...
July 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731801/diversification-of-trait-combinations-in-coevolving-plant-and-insect-lineages
#17
John N Thompson, Christopher Schwind, Magne Friberg
Closely related species often have similar traits and sometimes interact with the same species. A crucial problem in evolutionary ecology is therefore to understand how coevolving species diverge when they interact with a set of closely related species from another lineage rather than with a single species. We evaluated geographic differences in the floral morphology of all woodland star plant species (Lithophragma, Saxifragaceae) that are pollinated by Greya (Prodoxidae) moths. Flowers of each woodland star species differed depending on whether plants interact locally with one, two, or no pollinating moth species...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731514/with-or-without-you-effects-of-the-concurrent-range-expansion-of-an-herbivore-and-its-natural-enemy-on-native-species-interactions
#18
David Carrasco, Gaylord A Desurmont, Diane Laplanche, Magali Proffit, Rieta Gols, Paul G Becher, Mattias C Larsson, Ted C J Turlings, Peter Anderson
Global climatic changes may lead to the arrival of multiple range-expanding species from different trophic levels into new habitats, either simultaneously or in quick succession, potentially causing the introduction of manifold novel interactions into native food webs. Unraveling the complex biotic interactions between native and range-expanding species is critical to understand the impact of climate change on community ecology, but experimental evidence is lacking. In a series of laboratory experiments that simulated direct and indirect species interactions, we investigated the effects of the concurrent arrival of a range-expanding insect herbivore in Europe, Spodoptera littoralis, and its associated parasitoid Microplitis rufiventris, on the native herbivore Mamestra brassicae, and its associated parasitoid M...
July 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731285/plant-infection-by-two-different-viruses-induce-contrasting-changes-of-vectors-fitness-and-behavior
#19
Quentin Chesnais, Aude Couty, Maryline Uzest, Véronique Brault, Arnaud Ameline
Insect-vectored plant viruses can induce changes in plant phenotypes, thus influencing plant-vector interactions in a way that may promote their dispersal according to their mode of transmission (i.e. circulative vs. non-circulative). This indirect vector manipulation requires host-virus-vector co-evolution and would thus be effective solely in very specific plant-virus-vector species associations. Some studies suggest this manipulation may depend on multiple factors relative to various intrinsic characteristics of vectors such as transmission efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727144/density-mediated-indirect-effects-from-active-predators-and-narrow-habitat-domain-prey
#20
S A Rinehart, S C Schroeter, J D Long
The hunting mode-habitat domain range framework suggests that the mechanism driving trophic cascades [i.e. trait-mediated indirect interactions (TMIIs) versus density-mediated indirect interactions (DMIIs)] should depend upon the functional traits of predators and prey. For example, trophic cascades containing active, broad habitat domain range (BHDR) predators interacting with narrow habitat domain range (NHDR) prey are predicted to arise primarily via TMIIs, because these prey should reduce their conspicuous activity in the presence of these predators...
July 20, 2017: Ecology
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