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An instructive example for this strategy has been observed for plant herbivore interactions. Obviously the salivary secretion of lepidopteran larvae appears to be designed to suppress plant defense induction. For example, Helicoverpa zea larvae feeding on Nicotiana tabacum make use of the enzyme glucose oxidase in their salivary glands to suppress the amount of nicotine produced by the tobacco plants. Glucose oxidase generates gluconic acid and H2O2, the latter is assumed to be responsible for the suppression of nicotine production presumably by interfering with the signaling of the defense phytohor-mone jasmonic acid. Consequently, the introduction of glucose oxidase into the plant leaf results in an increased performance of the larvae.
Ohnmeiss and Baldwin (2000) tested the optimal defense theory using tobacco plants. A great deal of research has been done on tobacco, and the plant has several characteristics that are ideal for this type of research. First, it is known that this defense is costly. Nicotine is one of the most energetically costly secondary metabolites known, and after induction a plant produces enough nicotine that it consumes 5-8 of the plant's nitrogen budget (Baldwin et al. 1994). Second, the mechanisms for inducible nicotine defense are known. Herbivory and leaf wounding induce jasmonic acid (JA) synthesis in the leaves at the wound site. JA is then transported from the wound site via the phloem to the roots, where nicotine synthesis occurs. Nicotine is subsequently transported to the shoot via xylem. Third, since research has already established the physiological responses of the plant to nitrogen limitation, it is possible to test whether changes in leaf value are mirrored by changes in the...
Over the last 10 years or so, microsatellites have emerged as one of the most commonly used type of molecular marker, but their popularity may wane in the future if more precise markers such as SNPs become available for an increasing number of species. There is also a growing movement towards the characterization of individuals and populations based on genes that have a known function, as opposed to selectively neutral markers. Although genome approaches are currently out of reach of most molecular ecologists, they are nevertheless of great interest because of their potential to identify the functions of genes. Microarrays can be used to simultaneously assay hundreds or even thousands of genes, and the increase or decrease in expression of these genes can be monitored under different conditions such as altered light or CO2 availability. Although microarrays for some years were restricted mainly to model organisms such as Arabidopsis, humans and yeast, they are now being used to...
Blood or lymph) all make any form of immunological response an inefficient protection. There is no migratory population of phagocytes in plants that can be mobilized to deal with invaders. There is, however, growing evidence that higher plants possess complex systems of defense against parasites. These defenses may be constitutive - physical or biological barriers against invading organisms that are present whether the parasite is present or not - or inducible, arising in response to pathogenic attack (Ryan & Jagendorf, 1995 Ryan et al., 1995). After a plant has survived a pathogenic attack, 'systematic acquired resistance' to subsequent attacks may be elicited from the host. For example, tobacco plants infected on one leaf with tobacco mosaic virus can produce local lesions that restrict the virus infection locally, but the plants then also become resistant to new infections not only by the same virus but to other parasites as well. In some cases the process involves the production...
Figure 9 Simulations of geometrical plant models simulated with AMAPsim software (J. F. Barczi, CIRAD) (a) wild cherry tree (Fournier), (b) zelkova tree (Barthelemy), (c) young Aleppo pine (Carraglio), (d) coffee tree (de Reffye), (e) cotton plant (de Reffye), (f) ornamental tobacco plant (Rey). The parameters for plant development and geometry have been assessed from measurements on real plants. Figure 9 Simulations of geometrical plant models simulated with AMAPsim software (J. F. Barczi, CIRAD) (a) wild cherry tree (Fournier), (b) zelkova tree (Barthelemy), (c) young Aleppo pine (Carraglio), (d) coffee tree (de Reffye), (e) cotton plant (de Reffye), (f) ornamental tobacco plant (Rey). The parameters for plant development and geometry have been assessed from measurements on real plants.
Other research has focused on the ability of plants to produce proteinase inhibitors that inhibit the major digestive enzymes of insects. For example, when attacked by herbivores, sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate) produces a compound known as jasmonic acid. Under the influence of jasmonic acid, tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris), tomato (Lycopersicon escu-lentum) (Farmer and Ryan 1990, 1992), and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) plants all were induced to produce proteinase inhibitors. More recently it was found that injury to a plant tissue causes the production of a peptide hormone. The hormone stimulates the release of linolenic acid, a fatty acid common to plant cell membranes. Linolenic acid is then converted to jasmonic acid, which in turn stimulates proteinase inhibitors (Chen 1990). In another study, jasmonic acid stimulated the production of nicotine in tobacco plants (Ohnmeiss and Baldwin 2000).
A new means of filtering solutions had been developed during the 1880s at the Pasteur Institute that would effectively remove minute bacterial cells from suspensions. However, Russian scientist Dimitri Ivanowsky in 1892 found that tobacco plants were still susceptible to infectious attack by a filtered suspension. This observation led to a conclusion that even smaller and hitherto unknown viral particles were present. Martinus W. Beijerinck produced a similar set of findings independently.
Nonetheless, there are numerous records of cockroaches as plant pests (Roth and Willis, 1960). In 1789, Captain William Bligh had to wash down his ships with boiling water so that cockroaches would not destroy the breadfruit trees he was transporting from Tahiti to the West Indies (Roth, 1979a). One of the more frequently reported plant pests is Pycnoscelus surinamensis, which destroyed the roots of 300,000 tobacco plants in Sumatra. In
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