Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: July 25, 2004
Publication Date: July 25, 2004
Citation: Mozoruk, J.J., Hunnicutt, L.E., Hunter, W.B. 2004. Identification of plant defense genes induced in response to insect herbivory and their use in transgenic plant development. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Technical Abstract: The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) is a major pest of grapes, almonds and other woody crops due to its ability to vector Pierce's Disease of grapes, a bacterial pathogen, Xylella fastidiosa. Despite the economic impact of this association, research has been limited regarding the molecular nature of plant defense response to xylem-feeding insect pests. In this investigation, we used cDNA array analysis of GWSS-infested citrus to better understand the genetic response profile elicited during insect feeding. Understanding how plants respond will enable better methods of plant resistance to be developed.