Soybean plant responses to insect vectors from two different feeding guilds
Plant response to herbivory is complex and is influenced by insect feeding guilds. Additionally, several insect herbivores vector pathogens resulting in the induction of both pathogen-induced and herbivore-induced plant defenses. We are studying plant defense responses to infestation by insect vectors from two different feeding guilds, the phloem-feeding soybean aphid that transmits several viruses such as Soybean mosaic virus and the cell-content feeding soybean thrips that transmits Soybean vein necrosis virus. We are also evaluating the effect of plant defense elicitor sprays in reducing population of insect vectors and virus transmission. This project is funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance.