Regulation of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) induced defence against the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)

PhD defence

Regulation of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) induced defence against the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)

PhD candidate J. (Jun) He
Promotor Harro Bouwmeester
prof.dr. M (Marcel) Dicke
Co-promotor dr.ir. IF (Iris) Kappers
Organisation Wageningen University
Date

Fri 8 April 2016 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Aula, gebouwnummer 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Plants have evolved mechanisms to combat herbivory. These mechanisms can be classified as direct defences which have a negative influence on the herbivores and indirect defence that attracts natural enemies of the attacking herbivores. Both direct and indirect defences can be constantly present or induced upon attack. This study, using cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) as model, aimed to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying the induced defence during herbivory, with emphasis on transcriptional changes and the involved TFs, the enzymatic function of the genes associated with volatile biosynthesis, and their promoters which regulate their expression.