Research

wheat-hessian flyWheat-Hessian fly interaction

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Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (Say), is one of the most destructive insects of wheat plants. Wheat and Hessian fly interact in a gene-for-gene fashion.

Research Projects

Mechanisms of Loss of Plant Resistance to Insect Pests under Heat Stress

Heat stress affects plant resistance to parasites greatly. Understanding the molecular basis of heat-induced loss of plant resistance has broad implication in agriculture and food security, especially under global climate change. Our goal is to reveal the molecular mechanism of the heat-induced loss of plant resistance using wheat-Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) as a model system.

Mechanisms of Light Dependent Resistance of Wheat Plants to Hessian fly Infestation

Light is fundamental to the existence of plants. Deprivation of light inevitably influences plants’ defenses against pests and pathogens. Understanding the impact of light deprivation on plant resistance to parasites and the molecular basis of dark-treatment induced loss of plant resistance has broad implication in agriculture and food security.  Our goal is to reveal the impact of light deprivation on host plant to parasites using wheat-Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) as a model system and reveal the molecular mechanism in the light-deprivation induced loss of plant resistance.

Team

Current lab members

Ge Cheng

Undergraduate Scientist. Department of Biological Sciences. Fayetteville State University.

Research project: Impact of transient heat stress on the resistance of wheat plants to Hessian fly.

Lauren M. Howard

Undergraduate researcher. Department of Biological Sciences. Fayetteville State University.

Research Project: Impact of dark condition on the resistance of wheat plants to Hessian fly.

Former lab members

 

Collaborations

Dr. Mingshun Chen

Kansas State university

Publication

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