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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102915/transgenerational-effects-alter-plant-defense-and-resistance-in-nature
#1
Jack Colicchio
Trichomes, or leaf hairs, are epidermal extensions that take a variety of forms and perform many functions in plants, including herbivore defense. In this study, I document genetically determined variation, within-generation plasticity, and a direct role of trichomes in herbivore defense for Mimulus guttatus. After establishing the relationship between trichomes and herbivory, I test for transgenerational effects of wounding on trichome density and herbivore resistance. Patterns of inter-annual variation in herbivore density and the high cost of plant defense makes plant-herbivore interactions a system in which transgenerational phenotypic plasticity (TPP) is apt to evolve...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099483/reading-the-leaves-palm-leaf-traits-and-herbivory-along-the-microclimatic-gradient-of-forest-layers
#2
Stephanie Stiegel, Martin H Entling, Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras
Microclimate in different positions on a host plant has strong direct effects on herbivores. But little is known about indirect effects due to changes of leaf traits. We hypothesized that herbivory increases from upper canopy to lower canopy and understory due to a combination of direct and indirect pathways. Furthermore, we hypothesized that herbivory in the understory differs between tree species in accordance with their leaf traits. We investigated herbivory by leaf chewing insects along the vertical gradient of mixed deciduous forest stands on the broad-leaved tree species Fagus sylvatica L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095490/costs-and-tradeoffs-of-resistance-and-tolerance-to-belowground-herbivory-in-potato
#3
Etzel Garrido, Maria Fernanda Díaz, Hugo Bernal, Carlos Eduardo Ñustez, Jennifer Thaler, Georg Jander, Katja Poveda
The success of sustainable crop production depends on our ability to select or create varieties that can allocate resources to both growth and defence. However, breeding efforts have emphasized increases in yields but have partially neglected defence traits against pests. Estimating the costs of multiple defences against tuber herbivores and the tradeoffs among them, as well as understanding the relationship between yield and multiple defences is still unknown but relevant to both basic and applied ecology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094274/folivory-elicits-a-strong-defense-reaction-in-catharanthus-roseus-metabolomic-and-transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-distinct-local-and-systemic-responses
#4
Thomas Dugé de Bernonville, Inês Carqueijeiro, Arnaud Lanoue, Florent Lafontaine, Paloma Sánchez Bel, Franziska Liesecke, Karine Musset, Audrey Oudin, Gaëlle Glévarec, Olivier Pichon, Sébastien Besseau, Marc Clastre, Benoit St-Pierre, Victor Flors, Stéphane Maury, Elisabeth Huguet, Sarah E O'Connor, Vincent Courdavault
Plants deploy distinct secondary metabolisms to cope with environment pressure and to face bio-aggressors notably through the production of biologically active alkaloids. This metabolism-type is particularly elaborated in Catharanthus roseus that synthesizes more than a hundred different monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs). While the characterization of their biosynthetic pathway now reaches completion, still little is known about the role of MIAs during biotic attacks. As a consequence, we developed a new plant/herbivore interaction system by challenging C...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092131/finish-line-plant-insect-interactions-mediated-by-insect-feeding-mode-and-plant-interference-a-case-study-of-brassica-interactions-with-diamondback-moth-and-turnip-aphid
#5
Mahmoud Soufbaf, Yaghoub Fathipour, Jeffrey A Harvey, Cang Hui
There are gaps in our understanding of plant responses under different insect phytophagy modes and their subsequent effects on the insect herbivores' performance at late season. Here we compared different types of insect feeding by an aphid, Lipaphis erysimi, and a lepidopteran, Plutella xylostella, and how this affected defensive metabolites in leaves of two Brassica species when plants gain maturity. Thiocyanate concentrations after P. xylostella and L. erysimi feeding activities were the same. Total phenolics was higher after the phloem feeder feeding than the folivore activity...
January 16, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091822/does-the-growth-differentiation-balance-hypothesis-explain-allocation-to-secondary-metabolites-in-combretum-apiculatum-an-african-savanna-woody-species
#6
Dawood Hattas, Peter F Scogings, Riitta Julkunen-Tiitto
The growth differentiation balance hypothesis (GDBH) provides a framework that predicts a trade-off between costs of secondary metabolites (SMs) relative to the demand for photosynthate by growth. However, this hypothesis was developed using empirical evidence from plant species in northern boreal and temperate systems, leaving its applicability to species under different abiotic and biotic conditions questionable and generalizations problematic. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the GDBH explains allocation to SMs in the deciduous African savanna woody species C...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087662/terpenoids-in-plant-and-arbuscular-mycorrhiza-reinforced-defence-against-herbivorous-insects
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REVIEW
Esha Sharma, Garima Anand, Rupam Kapoor
BACKGROUND: Plants, though sessile, employ various strategies to defend themselves against herbivorous insects and convey signals of an impending herbivore attack to other plant(s). Strategies include the production of volatiles that include terpenoids and the formation of symbiotic associations with fungi, such as arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM). This constitutes a two-pronged above-ground/below-ground attack-defence strategy against insect herbivores. SCOPE: Terpenoids represent an important constituent of herbivore-induced plant volatiles that deter herbivores and/or attract their predators...
January 12, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074474/optimal-defense-theory-explains-deviations-from-latitudinal-herbivory-defense-hypothesis
#8
Nicholas J Kooyers, Benjamin K Blackman, Liza M Holeski
The latitudinal herbivory defense hypothesis (LHDH) postulates that the prevalence of species interactions, including herbivory, is greater at lower latitudes, leading to selection for increased levels of plant defense. While latitudinal defense clines may be caused by spatial variation in herbivore pressure, optimal defense theory predicts that clines could also be caused by ecogeographic variation in the cost of defense. For instance, allocation of resources to defense may not increase plant fitness when growing seasons are short and plants must reproduce quickly...
January 10, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054550/the-emergent-role-of-small-bodied-herbivores-in-pre-empting-phase-shifts-on-degraded-coral-reefs
#9
Caitlin D Kuempel, Andrew H Altieri
Natural and anthropogenic stressors can cause phase shifts from coral-dominated to algal-dominated states. In the Caribbean, over-fishing of large herbivorous fish and disease among the long-spined urchin, Diadema, have facilitated algal growth on degraded reefs. We found that diminutive species of urchin and parrotfish, which escaped die-offs and fishing pressure, can achieve abundances comparable to total herbivore biomass on healthier, protected reefs, and exert sufficient grazing function to pre-empt macroalgal dominance following mass coral mortality...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052507/herbivore-effects-on-productivity-vary-by-guild-cattle-increase-mean-productivity-while-wildlife-reduce-variability
#10
Grace K Charles, Lauren M Porensky, Corinna Riginos, Kari E Veblen, Truman P Young
Wild herbivores and livestock share the majority of rangelands worldwide, yet few controlled experiments have addressed their individual, additive, and interactive impacts on ecosystem function. While ungulate herbivores generally reduce standing biomass, their effects on aboveground net primary production (ANPP) can vary by spatial and temporal context, intensity of herbivory, and herbivore identity and species richness. Some evidence indicates that moderate levels of herbivory can stimulate aboveground productivity, but few studies have explicitly tested the relationships among herbivore identity, grazing intensity, and ANPP...
January 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052397/herbivory-enhances-the-diversity-of-primary-producers-in-pond-ecosystems
#11
Mathew A Leibold, Spencer R Hall, Val H Smith, David A Lytle
Diversity of primary producer is often surprisingly high, despite few limiting factors such as nutrients and light to facilitate species coexistence. In theory, the presence of herbivores could increase the diversity of primary producers, resolving this "paradox of the plankton." Little experimental evidence supports this natural enemies hypothesis, but previous tests suffer from several deficiencies. Previous experiments often did not allow for multigeneration effects; utilized low diversity assemblages of herbivores; and limited opportunities for new primary producer and herbivore species to colonize and undergo species sorting that favors some species over others...
January 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052386/ecosystem-engineers-drive-creek-formation-in-salt-marshes
#12
Huy D Vu, Kazimierz Wie Ski, Steven C Pennings
Ecosystem engineers affect different organisms and processes in multiple ways at different spatial scales. Moreover, similar species may differ in their engineering effects for reasons that are not always clear. We examined the role of four species of burrowing crabs (Sesarma reticulatum, Eurytium limosum, Panopeus herbstii, Uca pugnax) in engineering tidal creek networks in salt marshes experiencing sea level rise. In the field, crab burrows were associated with heads of eroding creeks and the loss of plant (Spartina alterniflora) stems...
January 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050733/qualitative-and-quantitative-differences-in-herbivore-induced-plant-volatile-blends-from-tomato-plants-infested-by-either-tuta-absoluta-or-bemisia-tabaci
#13
Diego B Silva, Berhane T Weldegergis, Joop J A Van Loon, Vanda H P Bueno
Plants release a variety of volatile organic compounds that play multiple roles in the interactions with other plants and animals. Natural enemies of plant-feeding insects use these volatiles as cues to find their prey or host. Here, we report differences between the volatile blends of tomato plants infested with the whitefly Bemisia tabaci or the tomato borer Tuta absoluta. We compared the volatile emission of: (1) clean tomato plants; (2) tomato plants infested with T. absoluta larvae; and (3) tomato plants infested with B...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050732/nutrient-supply-and-simulated-herbivory-differentially-alter-the-metabolite-pools-and-the-efficacy-of-the-glucosinolate-based-defense-system-in-brassica-species
#14
Makhdora Almuziny, Charlotte Decker, Dong Wang, Patrick Gerard, Nishanth Tharayil
Environmental stress hinders growth of plants and commonly results in the accumulation of carbon-based defense compounds. However, the dynamics of nitrogen (N)-containing defense compounds are less predictable under environmental stress. The impact of nutrient deficiency on plant defenses that require the metabolic conversion of a less toxic compound to a more potent toxin is even more poorly understood. We evaluated the effects of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) deficiency and simulated herbivory on the concentration of metabolites including glucosinolates (GSLs), on the conversion of GSLs to more toxic isothiocyanates (ITCs), and on the activity of myrosinase (MYR) in leaves of Brassica juncea and Brassica nigra...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039113/an-experimental-test-of-the-eica-hypothesis-in-multiple-ranges-invasive-populations-outperform-those-from-the-native-range-independent-of-insect-herbivore-suppression
#15
Evan Siemann, Saara J DeWalt, Jianwen Zou, William E Rogers
The success of invasive plants may reflect environmental differences in their native and introduced ranges including both abiotic and biotic conditions, such as release from aboveground herbivory. However, in response to these novel conditions, plants from invasive populations may have higher growth rates and lower defense levels compared to those in the native range. This may contribute to their success in the introduced range but perhaps not in the native range. Here, we grew 1000 Triadica sebifera plants from 14 native and introduced populations in seven common gardens with unmanaged background vegetation for three growing seasons in three geographic venues that varied in T...
December 30, 2016: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035282/trade-off-between-early-emergence-and-herbivore-susceptibility-mediates-exotic-success-in-an-experimental-california-plant-community
#16
Joseph Waterton, Elsa E Cleland
Ecological trade-offs are fundamental to theory in community ecology; critical for understanding species coexistence in diverse plant communities, as well as the evolution of diverse life-history strategies. Invasions by exotic species can provide insights into the importance of trade-offs in community assembly, because the ecological strategies of invading species often differ from those present in the native species pool. Exotic annual species have invaded many Mediterranean-climate areas around the globe, and often germinate and emerge earlier in the growing season than native species...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031808/can-plant-natural-enemy-communication-withstand-disruption-by-biotic-and-abiotic-factors
#17
REVIEW
Andrea Clavijo McCormick
The attraction of natural enemies towards herbivore-induced plant volatiles is a well-documented phenomenon. However, the majority of published studies are carried under optimal water and nutrient regimes and with just one herbivore. But what happens when additional levels of ecological complexity are added? Does the presence of a second herbivore, microorganisms, and abiotic stress interfere with plant-natural enemy communication? or is communication stable enough to withstand disruption by additional biotic and abiotic factors?Investigating the effects of these additional levels of ecological complexity is key to understanding the stability of tritrophic interactions in natural ecosystems and may aid to forecast the impact of environmental disturbances on these, especially in climate change scenarios, which are often associated with modifications in plant and arthropod species distribution and increased levels of abiotic stress...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030596/phase-shift-dynamics-of-sea-urchin-overgrazing-on-nutrified-reefs
#18
Nina Kriegisch, Simon Reeves, Craig R Johnson, Scott D Ling
Shifts from productive kelp beds to impoverished sea urchin barrens occur globally and represent a wholesale change to the ecology of sub-tidal temperate reefs. Although the theory of shifts between alternative stable states is well advanced, there are few field studies detailing the dynamics of these kinds of transitions. In this study, sea urchin herbivory (a 'top-down' driver of ecosystems) was manipulated over 12 months to estimate (1) the sea urchin density at which kelp beds collapse to sea urchin barrens, and (2) the minimum sea urchin density required to maintain urchin barrens on experimental reefs in the urbanised Port Phillip Bay, Australia...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028804/differential-toxic-effects-of-ulva-lactuca-chlorophyta-on-the-herbivorous-gastropods-littorina-littorea-and-l-obtusata-mollusca
#19
Paulette Peckol, Alysha B Putnam
Members of the genus Ulva are widespread and abundant in intertidal and shallow subtidal areas but there are conflicting data regarding susceptibility to herbivory. While some studies have documented that Ulva spp. were favored by a diversity of marine herbivores, other work has revealed herbivore deterrence. We investigated grazing and growth rates of the littorinid species, Littorina littorea and L. obtusata, when offered Fucus vesiculosus, Ascophyllum nodosum, Ulva lactuca and Chondrus crispus, highlighting distinctive vulnerabilities to toxic effects of U...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028463/a-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-enemy-release-hypothesis-in-plant-herbivorous-insect-systems
#20
Kim Meijer, Menno Schilthuizen, Leo Beukeboom, Christian Smit
A suggested mechanism for the success of introduced non-native species is the enemy release hypothesis (ERH). Many studies have tested the predictions of the ERH using the community approach (native and non-native species studied in the same habitat) or the biogeographical approach (species studied in their native and non-native range), but results are highly variable, possibly due to large variety of study systems incorporated. We therefore focused on one specific system: plants and their herbivorous insects...
2016: PeerJ
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