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1 April 2012 Obviation of Wheat Resistance to the Hessian Fly Through Systemic Induced Susceptibility
Stephen D. Baluch, Herbert W. Ohm, John T. Shukle, Christie E. Williams
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Unlike most documented plant-insect interactions, Hessian fly-resistance [Mayetiola destructor (Say)] in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is initiated by a gene-for-gene recognition event in which plants carrying a specific R gene recognize salivary effectors encoded by a corresponding larval avirulence gene. However, dual infestation resulting from oviposition by virulent insects from 5 d before to 3 d after oviposition by avirulent insects on the same host plant, lead to systemic induced susceptibility, obviation of resistance, and ultimately the survival of both virulent and genetically avirulent progeny to adulthood. Simultaneous oviposition allowed greater survival of avirulent progeny than ovipositions separated by larger intervals. Because of the induction of plant resistance, hatch of avirulent larvae before virulent was more detrimental to rate of development than hatch of virulent before avirulent larvae. Obviation of resistance was not localized to the leaf being attacked by the virulent larvae, but also functioned across spatial distance into younger leaves. This research suggests that virulent Hessian fly larvae directly suppress the defense response of wheat, thus providing a refuge for avirulent genotypes, preserving diversity in field populations and increasing durability of deployed resistance genes.

Stephen D. Baluch, Herbert W. Ohm, John T. Shukle, and Christie E. Williams "Obviation of Wheat Resistance to the Hessian Fly Through Systemic Induced Susceptibility," Journal of Economic Entomology 105(2), 642-650, (1 April 2012). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC11329
Received: 26 September 2011; Accepted: 23 January 2012; Published: 1 April 2012
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Hessian fly
resistance
susceptibility
systemic induced susceptibility
wheat
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