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Record number 536476
Title Thrips advisor : Exploiting thrips-induced defences to combat pests on crops
Author(s) Steenbergen, Merel; Abd-El-Haliem, Ahmed; Bleeker, Petra; Dicke, Marcel; Escobar-Bravo, Rocio; Cheng, Gang; Haring, Michel A.; Kant, Merijn R.; Kappers, Iris; Klinkhamer, Peter G.L.; Leiss, Kirsten A.; Legarrea, Saioa; Macel, Mirka; Mouden, Sanae; Pieterse, Corné M.J.; Sarde, Sandeep J.; Schuurink, Robert C.; Vos, Martin De; Wees, Saskia C.M. Van; Broekgaarden, Colette
Source Journal of Experimental Botany 69 (2018)8. - ISSN 0022-0957 - p. 1837 - 1848.
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
Laboratory of Plant Physiology
WUR GTB Gewasgezondheid Bodem en Water
WUR GTB Algemeen
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Cell-content feeder - effectors - herbivorous insect - phytohormone signalling - plant defence - specialized metabolites - thrips - virus - volatiles

Plants have developed diverse defence mechanisms to ward off herbivorous pests. However, agriculture still faces estimated crop yield losses ranging from 25% to 40% annually. These losses arise not only because of direct feeding damage, but also because many pests serve as vectors of plant viruses. Herbivorous thrips (Thysanoptera) are important pests of vegetable and ornamental crops worldwide, and encompass virtually all general problems of pests: they are highly polyphagous, hard to control because of their complex lifestyle, and they are vectors of destructive viruses. Currently, control management of thrips mainly relies on the use of chemical pesticides. However, thrips rapidly develop resistance to these pesticides. With the rising demand for more sustainable, safer, and healthier food production systems, we urgently need to pinpoint the gaps in knowledge of plant defences against thrips to enable the future development of novel control methods. In this review, we summarize the current, rather scarce, knowledge of thrips-induced plant responses and the role of phytohormonal signalling and chemical defences in these responses. We describe concrete opportunities for breeding resistance against pests such as thrips as a prototype approach for next-generation resistance breeding.

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