Plant-insect dialogs: complex interactions at the plant-insect interface

Gary W. Felton, James H. Tumlinson

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Although five different classes of insect herbivore-produced elicitors of plant volatiles have been identified, this is only a part of the complex, chemically mediated interactions between insect herbivores and their host plants. The defensive reactions of the plant, following physical injury by the herbivore, are influenced by a multitude of factors including, but not necessarily limited to, the elicitors and numerous other herbivore-associated molecules, as well as microbes on the plant surface that may alter plant defensive pathways. Ultimately, a thorough and accurate understanding of the chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions will require a more holistic approach, taking into consideration the ecological and physiological context in which a plant perceives and responds to herbivore-associated signals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-463
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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