Special Issue "Insect-Plant Interactions"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2014
Dr. Paul A. Weston
School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences and Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6933 4815
Interests: insect-plant interactions; insect behaviour and ecology; plant secondary chemistry; metabolomic profiling of plants; orientation mechanisms; modelling insect movement; biological control; phenological modelling; climate change
Understanding the interactions of insects with their plant hosts is fundamental to basic ecological studies as well as more practical endeavours aimed at lessening the impact of insect pests on crop production. The diversity of plant characteristics that mediate these interactions and the often intricate behavioural mechanisms used by insects to assess the suitability of plants as food for themselves or their offspring have led to great complexity, which is slowly being unraveled by scientists with a diversity of research specialisations. Recent advances in analytical chemistry instrumentation has enabled deeper insights into these complex relationships, and a better understanding of chemical signalling occurring in plants in response to attack by insects has facilitated research into ways to increase plant resistance to insect attack. The potential for climate change to disturb the balance of biochemical and ecological processes underlying these relationships is leading to innovative studies examining the impact of extreme environmental conditions on the interactions between insects and plants. For this special issue, we invite the submission of high quality original research papers and mini-reviews covering all aspects of insect-plant interactions.Dr. Paul A. Weston
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Insects is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Genetic variation of the host plant species matters for interactions with above- and belowground herbivores
Authors: Dinesh Kafle and Susanne Wurst
Affiliations: Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS), Institute of Biology, Functional Biodiversity, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3, 14195 Berlin, Germany; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Plants are being threatened by both above- and belowground herbivores which may indirectly influence and interact with each other. However, little is known about how genetic variation of the host plant affects above- and belowground herbivory and shapes plant-mediated insect interaction via herbivore-induced changes in plant performance. Here, we used two genotypes (M4 and E9) of the model plant Solanum dulcamara with or without previous experience of aboveground herbivory by Spodoptera exigua (Noctuidae) to quantify its effects on subsequent root herbivory by Agriotes spp. (Elateridae). The shoot and root biomass of the genotype M4 significantly decreased due to the aboveground herbivory, while the genotype E9 was not affected. Root tissues of M4 plants previously treated with aboveground herbivores had a lower C/N ratio and contained significantly higher levels of proteins, while E9 showed no response. The protease inhibitor (PI) content in roots was not induced by the aboveground herbivore treatment in both genotypes, and no effects on weight gain or mortality of the belowground herbivore was detected. Feeding by Agriotes larvae only increased the nitrogen concentration in the roots of M4 plants. In a feeding assay, the larvae tended to prefer roots of M4 over E9, irrespective of the aboveground herbivore treatment. Together, these results demonstrate that previous aboveground herbivory can have genotype-specific effects on quantitative and qualitative root traits. This may have consequences for belowground interactions, although generalist root herbivores might be not affected when the root biomass offered is still sufficient for growth and survival.
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