Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum L., has been targeted as a bioenergy feedstock. However, little is currently known of the mechanisms of insect resistance in this species. Here, two no-choice studies were performed to determine the categories (antibiosis and tolerance) and relative levels of resistance of three switchgrass populations (Kanlow–lowland ecotype,… (More)
Two choice studies were performed to evaluate greenbug, Schizaphis graminum (Rondani), and yellow sugarcane aphid, Sipha flava (Forbes), preference for two tetraploid switchgrass populations, Summer and Kanlow, and one experimental hybrid, K × S, derived by crossing Kanlow (male) × Summer (female) plants. Additionally, an assessment of S. graminum feeding… (More)
Grow them and we will come for the feast" (2014).
Plant tolerance to insect pests has been indicated to be a unique category of resistance, however, very little information is available on the mechanism of tolerance against insect pests. Tolerance is distinctive in terms of the plant's ability to withstand or recover from herbivore injury through growth and compensatory physiological processes. Because… (More)
BACKGROUND Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS The global transcriptomic response… (More)
Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum L., is a perennial warm-season grass that has been identified as a model species for the development of bioenergy crops in the United States. The objectives of this research were to evaluate selected switchgrass populations for host suitability and differential resistance to potential aphid pests, determine the categories… (More)