Dr. Philippe Reymond, MER
Plants under attack from herbivorous insects develop an array of inducible defenses aimed at slowing the growth or development of the aggressor and tailored to protect themselves from further attack. We study the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and use genomics tools to monitor transcriptional changes after challenge with leaf-chewing insects.
With an estimated agricultural crop loss of 15% to insect herbivores and the banned or restricted usage of many pesticides, knowledge about plant innate immunity upon insect attack is crucial to improve possibilities for a durable and environmentally friendly strategy of crop protection.
|1. Signaling of induced responses to herbivores||2. Responses of Arabidopsis to insect eggs||3. Whole-genome Arabidopsis transcript profiling|
|4. Kinship effects in Arabidopsis||
5. Role of volatiles in multitrophic interactions