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Arthropod-Plant Interactions

Arthropod-Plant Interactions

An international journal devoted to studies on interactions of insects, mites, and other arthropods with plants

Editor-in-Chief: Heikki M.T. Hokkanen
Managing Editor: Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen

ISSN: 1872-8855 (print version)
ISSN: 1872-8847 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11829

Arthropod-Plant Interactions - Virtual Issues

We are very pleased to inform you that a new Virtual Issue of Arthropod-Plant Interactions: MICROBE-MEDIATED ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS is available as a special service for you.

Our Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief Heikki M.T. Hokkanen and focus on cutting-edge topics. They present key articles which have been published in the journal over the course of the last years.

Enjoy - and spread the word!

VIRTUAL ISSUE Number 2: MICROBE-MEDIATED ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS 

Symbiont-mediated adaptation by planthoppers and leafhoppers to resistant rice varieties 

September 2013

Jedeliza B. Ferrater, Peter W. de Jong, Marcel Dicke, Yolanda H. Chen, Finbarr G. Horgan

Influence of an endophytic fungus on host plant selection by a polyphagous moth via volatile spectrum changes 

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE - March 2008, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 53-62,

Mustapha F. A. Jallow, Dereje Dugassa-Gobena, Stefan Vidal

Endophyte-mediated tritrophic interactions between a grass-feeding caterpillar and two parasitoid species with different life histories 

March 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 27-34

Andrea J. Bixby-Brosi, Daniel A. Potter

Water availability alters the tri-trophic consequences of a plant-fungal symbiosis 

March 2011, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 19-27

Kelsey M. Yule, James B. Woolley, Jennifer A. Rudgers

Background matching behaviour and pathogen acquisition: plant site preference does not predict the bacterial acquisition efficiency of vectors 

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE - June 2011, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 97-106

Arash Rashed, Nabil Killiny, Joyce Kwan, Rodrigo P. P. Almeida

A leaf-rolling weevil benefits from general saprophytic fungi in polysaccharide degradation 

September 2012, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 417-424

Xiaoqiong Li, Gregory S. Wheeler, Jianqing Ding

Epirrita autumnata induced VOC emission of silver birch differ from emission induced by leaf fungal pathogen 

September 2007, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 159-165

Terhi Vuorinen, Anne-Marja Nerg, Leena Syrjälä, Petri Peltonen, Jarmo K. Holopainen

Identification and origin of host-associated volatiles attractive to Prorops nasuta, a parasitoid of the coffee berry borer 

December 2012, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 611-620

Ariana K. Román-Ruíz, Edi A. Malo, Graciela Huerta, Alfredo Castillo, Juan F. Barrera, Julio C. Rojas

Editorial: Microbes increase our understanding of arthropod-plant interactions 

Heikki M. T. Hokkanen, Editor-in-Chief

The role of microbes in shaping arthropod-plant interactions has become an important subject of ecological research, rapidly changing our view of the mechanisms involved in these interactions. In the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, the topic was covered by no less than seven special symposia, attracting over 50 oral communications. Four of the symposia dealt with general microbe-insect-plant interactions, and three focused on pollinators and/or ecology of social insects.
This trend in entomological research is reflected also in the journal Arthropod-Plant Interactions: an increasing share of submitted manuscripts address some aspect of how microbes are involved in the ecology of arthropods interacting with plants. Some of the recently published articles in APIS on the topic are pooled to form this Virtual Special Issue, to stimulate further research and publications on this important topic.
The articles cover a range of exciting studies. Several contributions examine how plant endophytic micro-organisms affect herbivores and their natural enemies. While Jallow et al. (2008) show how an endophytic fungus in tomato made the plant more attractive to the generalist herbivore Helicoverpa armigera via changes in the volatile spectrum, Yule et al. (2011) determined that endophyte symbiosis significantly reduced plant colonization by the aphid Rhopalosiphon padi. Furthermore, under drought the proportion of aphids parasitized by Aphelinus sp. was higher than under abundant moisture conditions, illustrating the complexity of such multitrophic interactions. Endophytes can also influence differently various types of herbivore parasitoids, as shown by Bixby-Brosi and Potter (2012): ryegrass with fungal endophyte decreased the fitness of an egg-larval encyrtid parasitoid of the generalist herbivore Agrotis ipsilon, while it had no impact on the fast developing tachinid parasitoid.
Arthropods themselves often benefit from microbial associations or symbiosis, or exploit microbes for nutrition or host finding. Ferrater et al. (2013) review studies concerning a fascinating adaptation, where plant- and leafhoppers of rice overcome phenomenally rapidly with the help of bacterial and eukaryotic symbionts any resistance bred into rice cultivars. Facultative fungal symbionts, originating from soil, help a leaf-rolling weevil to survive on poor-quality leaf litter diet (Li et al., 2012), while fungi associated with the frass of the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei produce specific volatiles, which serve as kairomones for the parasitoid Prorops nasuta, but only when the borer is reared on coffee beans – not when reared on artificial diet (Román-Ruíz et al., 2012).
Further exciting studies on the role of microbes in arthropod-plant interactions can readily be found in this new virtual special issue of APIS. We are proud to publish this collation of state-of-the-art articles, and thank professor Chen-Zhu Wang for proposing the topic.

References 

Bixby-Brosi, A.J. and D.A. Potter (2012). Endophyte-mediated tritrophic interactions between a grass-feeding caterpillar and two parasitoid species with different life histories. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 27-34.
Ferrater, J.B., de Jong, P.W., Dicke, M., Chen, Y.H. and F.G. Horgan (2013). Symbiont-mediated adaptation by planthoppers and leafhoppers to resistant rice varieties. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7: 591-605.
Jallow, M.F.A., Dugassa-Gobena, D. and S. Vidal (2008). Influence of an endophytic fungus on host plant selection by a polyphagous moth via volatile spectrum changes. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 2: 53-62.
Li, X., Wheeler, G.S. and J. Ding (2012). A leaf-rolling weevil benefits from general saprophytic fungi in polysaccharide degradation. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 417-424.
Román-Ruíz, A.K., Malo, E.A., Huerta, G., Castillo, A., Barrera, J.F. and J.C. Rojas (2012). Identification and origin of host-associated volatiles attractive to Prorops nasuta, a parasitoid of the coffee berry borer. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 611-620.
Yule, K.M., Woolley, J.B. and J.A. Rudgers (2011). Water availability alters the tri-trophic consequences of a plant-fungal symbiosis. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 5: 19-27.

VIRTUAL ISSUE Number 1: Pollination Ecology 

 

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