Nicole M. van Dam

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Studies on induced defenses have predominantly focused on foliar induction by above-ground herbivores and pathogens. However, roots are attacked by as many if not more phytophages than shoots, so in reality plants are exposed to above- and below-ground attack. Here, we report effects of foliar and/or root damage on terpenoid aldehyde accumulation in cotton(More)
R. Soler (, J. A. Harvey, A. F. D. Kamp, L. E. M. Vet, W. H. Van der Putten, N. M. Van Dam, and T. M. Bezemer, Dept of Multitrophic Interactions, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), P.O. Box 40, NL-6666 ZG Heteren, the Netherlands. LEMV, TMB and R. Gols, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen Univ. and Research Centre, P.O. Box(More)
Protease inhibitors (PIs) are plant compounds that can inhibit proteases of mammal, insect, or pathogen origin and are frequently induced by mechanical wounding, insect feeding, or pathogen infection. Nicotiana attenuata is a species that induces nicotine, volatiles, and phenolics in response to damage. Here we examine the distribution of PIs in N.(More)
1. Plants mediate multiple interactions between below-ground (BG) and above-ground (AG) heterotrophic communities that have no direct physical contact. These interactions can be positive or negative from the perspective of each player, can go from the BG to the AG community or vice versa, and comprise representatives of different phyla. Here we highlight(More)
Insect herbivores by necessity have to deal with a large arsenal of plant defence metabolites. The levels of defence compounds may be increased by insect damage. These induced plant responses may also affect the metabolism and performance of successive insect herbivores. As the chemical nature of induced responses is largely unknown, global metabolomic(More)
Several lines of evidence support the defensive function of nicotine production in the Nicotiana genus against a range of herbivores, but the evidence is largely correlative. To suppress nicotine production in planta and to test its defensive function, we expressed DNA of putrescine N-methyl transferase in an anti-sense orientation (AS-PMT) in N. sylvestris(More)
Feeding by belowground herbivores may induce systemic changes in shoot defence levels that affect the performance of above ground herbivores and higher trophic levels. In this paper two wild Brassica species, B. nigra and B. oleracea were experimentally infested with 10 larvae of the cabbage root fly, Delia radicum. Plant dry masses and glucosinolate levels(More)
Many plants employ induced responses against generalist herbivores. Specialist herbivores, however, may employ several mechanisms to overcome the negative effects of induced plant defenses. Here we test how the behavior and development of specialist Manduca sexta larvae are affected by induced responses in their natural host plant Nicotiana attenuata. On a(More)
Because many secondary metabolites in plants act as defense against herbivores it has been postulated that these compounds have evolved under selective pressure by insect herbivores. One explanation for the within-species variation in metabolite patterns in a particular species is that different populations are under selection by different herbivores. We(More)
The role of glucosinolates in aboveground plant–insect and plant–pathogen interactions has been studied widely in both natural and managed ecosystems. Fewer studies have considered interactions between root glucosinolates and soil organisms. Similarly, data comparing local and systemic changes in glucosinolate levels after root- and shoot-induction are(More)