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) Osinde, C., Sakamoto, W., Kajiya-Kanegae, H., Sobhy, I. S., Tugume, A. K., Nsubuga, A. M., Galis, I. Identification of quantitative trait loci associated with sorghum susceptibility to Asian stem borer damage. J. Plant Interact. 18: 2153182. (2023. 1.)
(2) Matsushima, R., Hisano, H., Galis, I, Miura, S., Crofts, N., Takenaka, Y., Oitome, N. F., Ishimizu, T., Fujita, N., Sato, K. FLOURY ENDOSPERM 6 mutations enhance the sugary phenotype caused by the loss of ISOAMYLASE1 in barley. Theor. Appl. Genet. 136: 94. (2023. 4.)
(3) Aboshi, T., Ittou, K., Galis, I., Shinya, T., Murayama, T. Glucosylation prevents autotoxicity of stress inducible DOPA in maize seedlings. Plant Growth Regul. 101: 159-167. (2023. 5.)
(4) Kanda, Y., Shinya, T., Maeda, S., Mujiono, K., Hojo, Y., Tomita, K., Okada, K., Kamakura, T., Galis, I., Mori, M. BSR1, a Rice Receptor-like Cytoplasmic Kinase, Positively Regulates Defense Responses to Herbivory. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 24: 10395. 2023. 6.)
(5) Osinde, C., Sobhy, I. S., Wari, D., Dinh, S. T., Hojo, Y., Osibe, D. A., Shinya, T., Tugume, A. K., Nsubuga, M. A., Galis, I. Comparative analysis of sorghum (C4) and rice (C3) plant headspace volatiles induced by artificial herbivory. Plant Signal. Behav. (2023. 8. Online Preview)

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