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Induced resistance to pests and pathogens in trees


Eyles, A and Bonello, P and Ganley, R and Mohammed, C, Induced resistance to pests and pathogens in trees, New Phytologist, 185, (4) pp. 893-908. ISSN 0028-646X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.03127.x


Tree resistance can be enhanced by a variety of biotic and abiotic inducers, including nonpathogenic and pathogenic microbes, and herbivores, resulting in enhanced protection against further biotic injury. Induced resistance (IR) could be a valuable tool in sustainable pest management. IR has been actively studied in herbaceous plant species, and, in recent years, in woody plant species, and is fast emerging as an intriguing, eco-friendly concept for enhancing tree resistance. However, before application of IR becomes possible, there is a need to increase our knowledge of the mechanisms of defence in forest trees. A richer understanding of these phenomena will play a critical role in developing sustainable integrated pest management strategies. This review summarizes our current knowledge of IR in forest trees, focusing on inducible defence mechanisms, systemic induction of resistance and phytohormone signalling networks. We conclude by discussing the potential advantages and limitations of applying IR-based management tools in forest systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:defence, plant–herbivore interactions, plant–pathogen interactions, secondary metabolites, systemic resistance
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forest health and pathology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Hardwood plantations
UTAS Author:Eyles, A (Dr Alieta Eyles)
UTAS Author:Mohammed, C (Professor Caroline Mohammed)
ID Code:57618
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:200
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2009-07-29
Last Modified:2015-08-04

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