Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/25/2004
Publication Date: 7/25/2004
Citation: Mozoruk, J.J., Hunnicutt, L.E., Cave, R., Bausher, M.G., Hunter, W.B. 2004. Effects of herbivory by a xylem-feeding leafhopper, Homalodisca coagulata, on the vascular transcriptome of Citrus sinensis [Abstract]. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) is the major pest of Pierce's Disease, Almond Scorch, and other plant diseases induced by the spread of the 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 pests. We used cDNA-gene array analysis of GWSS-infested citrus to better understand the plants genetic response elicited during this type of insect feeding. A better understanding of the plants defense mechanisms will aid development of new plant varieties with increased tolerance to plant diseases and insect feeding.