Group of Plant-Insect Interactions

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Faculty staff

Ivan3a Prof. Dr. Ivan GALIS
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Tomonori.png Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomonori SHINYA
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Lectures: Plant Genetics and Biotic Stress Science, Topics in Plant-Insect Interactions
Keywords: Plant defense mechanisms; Direct and indirect defense; Insect herbivores

Summary of main research topics

Elucidation of plant-insect interactions at the molecular level
Establishment of effective plant defense systems against herbivores in natural history reflects the existence of extremely variable interactions between plants and insects, also known as co-evolution process. Our group strives to understand, at a molecular level, the mechanisms of activation, signal transduction and metabolic basics of plant defenses triggered after the recognition of insect attack. Furthermore, we target sustainable pest control by the use of natural enemies and their attraction to herbivore-infested plants by the emissions of various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from plants.

Latest publications (for complete and most current publications visit group pages)

(1) Wari, D., Alamgir, KMd., Mujiono, K., Hojo, Y., Shinya, T., Tani, A., Nakatani, H. and Galis, I. Honeydew-associated microbes elicit defense responses against brown planthopper in rice. J. Exp. Bot. 70: 1683-1696. 10.1093/jxb/erz041 (2019. 2.)
(2) Iida, J., Desaki, Y., Hata, K., Uemura, T., Yasuno, A., Islam, M., Maffei, M.E., Ozawa, R., Nakajima, T., Galis, I. and Arimura, G. Tetranins: new putative spider mite elicitors of host plant defense. New Phytologist 224: 875-885. (2019. 3.)
(3) Mitalo, O.W., Tokiwa, S., Kondo, Y., Otsuki, T., Galis, I., Suezawa, K., Kataoka, I., Doan, A.T., Nakano, R., Ushijima, K. and Kubo, Y. Low temperature storage stimulates fruit softening and sugar accumulation without ethylene and aroma volatile production in kiwifruit. Frontiers in Plant Science 10: 888. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00888 (2019. 7.)
(4) Wari, D., Alamgir, KMd., Mujiono, K., Hojo, Y., Tani, A., Shinya, T., Nakatani, H. and Galis, I. Brown planthopper honeydew-associated symbiotic microbes elicit momilactones in rice. Plant Signaling and Behaviar 14: 1655335. (2019. 8.)
(5) Mitalo, O.W., Tosab, Y., Tokiwa, S., Kondo, Y., Azimi, A., Hojo, Y., Matsuura, T., Mori, I.C., Nakano, R., Akagi, T., Ushijima, K. and Kubo, Y. ‘Passe Crassane’ pear fruit (Pyrus communis L.) ripening: Revisiting the role of low temperature via integrated physiological and transcriptome analysis. Postharvest Biology and Technology 158: 110949. 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2019.110949 (2019. 12.)