Delia M. Pinto-Zevallos

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Plants express inducible direct and indirect defenses in response to herbivory. The plant hormone jasmonic acid (JA) and related signaling compounds referred to as jasmonates play a central role in regulating defense responses to a wide range of herbivores.We assessed whether treating tomato seeds with 0.8 mM of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) affected the(More)
Plants release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have many eco-physiological functions. Induction of plant VOCs is known to occur upon herbivory. Herbivore-induced VOCs are involved in the attraction of predators and parasitoids, a phenomenon known as an indirect defense of plants. We measured the VOC profiles of the wild species Veronica spicata with(More)
Upon herbivory, plants activate complex biochemical pathways that result in an array of defense responses including the emission of a novel blend of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds mediate the recruitment of predators and parasitoids that exert biological control of the attacking herbivore. Genetic manipulation of a particular trait to(More)
Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is one of the most important staple crops worldwide. It constitutes the major source of carbohydrates for millions of low-income people living in rural areas, as well as a cash crop for smallholders in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that cassava(More)
Changes in the signaling effort of virgin females are known to occur until their first mating. Young females tend to increase the calling effort (number and time duration of bouts) as they age. In this context, the calling behavior of virgin females of Atheloca subrufella, an important pest of coconut palms (Cocos nucifera), was studied under laboratory(More)
Transgenic soybean plants (RR) engineered to express resistance to glyphosate harbor a variant of the enzyme EPSPS (5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase) involved in the shikimic acid pathway, the biosynthetic route of three aromatic amino acids: phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. The insertion of the variant enzyme CP4 EPSPS confers resistance(More)
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