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) Tzin, V., Hojo, Y., Strickler, S. R., Bartsch, L. J., Archer, C. M., Ahern, K. R., Zhou, S., Christensen, S. A., Galis, I., Mueller, L. A. and Jander, G. Rapid defense responses in maize leaves induced by Spodoptera exigua caterpillar feeding. J. Exp. Bot. 68: 4709-4723. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erx274 (2017. 8.)
(2) Wari David ・佐藤翼・山下純・園田昌司カブリダニ類(ダニ目:カブリダニ科)の天敵温存植物ヤイトバナ(アカネ科)がモモ圃場におけるハダニ類(ダニ目:ハダニ科)の発生に及ぼす影響. 日本応用動物昆虫学会誌61: 178-183. (2017. 8.)
(3) Sobhy, I. S., Miyake, A., Shinya, T. and Galis, I. Oral secretions affect HIPVs induced by generalist (Mythimna loreyi) and specialist (Parnara guttata) herbivores in rice. J. Chem. Ecol. 43: 929-943. doi: 10.1007/s10886-017-0882-4 (2017. 9.)
(4) Sumida, S., Ito, M., Galis, I., Nakatani, H., Shinya, T., Ohnishi, K., Hikichi, Y. and Kiba, A. Phosphoinositide 3-kinase participates in L-methionine sulfoximine-induced cell death via salicylic acid mediated signaling in Nicotiana benthamiana. J. Plant Physiol. 218: 167-170. doi: 10.1016/j.jplph.2017.07.016 (2017. 11.)
(5) Matsumura, M., Sanada-Morimura, S., Otuka, A., Sonoda, S., Van Thanh, D., Van Chien, H., Van Tuong, P., Loc, P. M., Liu, Z. W., Zhu, Z. R., Li, J. H., Wu, G. and Huang, S. H. Insecticide susceptibilities of the two rice planthoppers Nilaparvata lugens and Sogatella furcifera in East Asia, the Red River Delta, and the Mekong Delta. Pest Manag. Sci. doi: 10.1002/ps.4729 (2017. 9. Online preview)