Induced Plant Resistance to Herbivory

Edited by A Schaller 
Springer  2008  

Hardcover  464 pp  ISBN 9781402081811      £188.00
Flowering plants dominate much of the Earth's surface and yet, as sessile organisms, they must constantly resist attack by numerous voracious herbivores. Survival in the face of an abundance of insect predators relies on sophisticated resistance systems allowing plants to escape from herbivory in time or in space, to confront herbivores directly, or to fight them indirectly by remarkable collaborations with other species. Until recently, plant resistance was believed to be constitutive, i.e. ever-present and independent from herbivore attack. However, plants were discovered to respond actively to herbivory through the mobilization of specific defenses, and this discovery opened an exciting new field of research.

This book provides a thorough overview of the anatomical, chemical, and developmental features contributing to plant defense, with particular emphasis on plant responses that are induced by wounding or herbivore attack.

Written for scientists and graduate students working in the fields of plant-insect interactions, plant defense, plant biochemistry, and ecophysiology; researchers entering one of these fields; advanced students course book


In Memoriam.

I. Basic concepts of plant defense against insect herbivores:

  • Direct defenses in plants and their induction by wounding and insect herbivores; Gregg A. Howe and Andreas Schaller .
  • Herbivore induced indirect defense: from induction mechanisms to community ecology; Maaike Bruinsma and Marcel Dicke.
  • Induced defenses and the cost
  • benefit paradigm; Anke Steppuhn and Ian T. Baldwin .

Section II. Induced direct defenses:

  • Leaf trichome formation and plant resistance to herbivory; Peter Dalin, Jon Ågren, Christer Björkman, Piritta Huttunen, and Katri Kärkkäinen .
  • Resistance at the plant cuticle; Caroline Müller .
  • Wound periderm formation; Idit Ginzberg.
  • Traumatic resin ducts and polyphenolic parenchyma cells in conifers; Paal Krokene, Nina Elisabeth Nagy, and Trygve Krekling.
  • Insect induced terpenoid defenses in spruce; Jörg Bohlmann.
  • Phenylpropanoid metabolism induced by wounding and insect herbivory; Mark A. Bernards and Lars Båstrup
  • Spohr.
  • Defense by pyrrolizidine alkaloids: developed by plants and recruited by insects; Thomas Hartmann and Dietrich Ober.
  • Plant protease inhibitors: Functional evolution for defense; Maarten A. Jongsma and Jules Beekwilder.
  • Defensive roles of polyphenol oxidase in plants; C. Peter Constabel and Raymond Barbehenn.
  • Action of plant defensive enzymes in the insect midgut; Hui Chen, Eliana Gonzales
  • Vigil, and Gregg A. Howe.
  • Plant lectins as part of the plant defense system against insects; Els J.M. Van Damme.

Section III. Defense signaling;

  • Systemins and AtPeps: Defense related peptide signals; Javier Narváez Vásquez and Martha L. Orozco Cárdenas.
  • MAP kinases in plant responses to herbivory; Johannes Stratmann.
  • Jasmonate biosynthesis and signaling for induced plant defense against herbivory; Andreas Schaller and Annick Stintzi.
  • Caterpillar secretions and induced plant responses; Gary W. Felton.
  • Fatty acid derived signals that induce or regulate plant defenses against herbivory: James H. Tumlinson and Juergen Engelberth.
  • Aromatic volatiles and their involvement in plant defense; Anthony V. Qualley and Natalia Dudareva.
  • Ecological roles of vegetative terpene volatiles; Jörg Degenhardt.

Subject Index
Taxonomic Index.

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