Zong-mao Chen

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Plant volatiles are known to play a role in host location in many herbivorous insects. Although a few studies have determined the role of specific chemicals from herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) in mediating interactions between conspecifics in insects belonging to Curculionidae, little is known about how this process works when different(More)
Herbivore-induced plant volatiles have been reported to play a role in the host-searching behavior of herbivores. However, next to nothing is known about the effect of volatiles emitted from tea plants infested by Ectropis obliqua larvae on the behavior of conspecific adults. Here, we found that tea plants infested by E. obliqua caterpillars for 24 h were(More)
In response to insect herbivory, plants emit volatiles that are used by the herbivores’ natural enemies to locate their host or prey. Herbivore attack also enhances tea aroma. Herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs) vary both quantitatively and qualitatively with infestation duration and herbivore density. Thus, whether HIPVs can reliably communicate the(More)
Volatile organic compounds derived from non-host plants, Ocimum basilicum, Rosmarinus officinalis, Corymbia citriodora, and Ruta graveolens, can be used to mask host plant odors, and are repellent to the tea geometrid, Ectropis obliqua. Volatile compounds were collected by headspace absorption, and the components were identified and quantified by using gas(More)
Hydroperoxide lyases (HPLs) play important roles in modulating plant defense by regulating the release of green leaf volatiles (GLVs) and the jasmonic acid (JA) pathway. CsiHPL1—a chloroplast-localized tea gene that encodes HPL—was previously cloned and predicted to be a regulator of plant defense responses. CsiHPL1 was expressed constitutively in(More)
Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) was widely applied in promoting food quality. Aroma is one of the key indicators in judging the quality of tea. This study examined the effect of exogenous MeJA treatment on tea aroma. The aroma components in black tea prepared from MeJA-treated fresh tea leaves were extracted using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and(More)
Host selection by female moths is fundamental to the survival of their larvae. Detecting and perceiving the non-volatile chemicals of the plant surface involved in gustatory detection determine the host preference. In many lepidopteran species, tarsal chemosensilla are sensitive to non-volatile chemicals and responsible for taste detection. The tea(More)
Originating in China, tea and tea planting have spread throughout the world since the middle of the Tang dynasty. Now people from 160 countries in the world are accustomed to tea drinking. A brief history of tea’s medicinal role in China and its spread to the world are introduced. The effectiveness of tea active components and tea drinking on major human(More)
We investigated the effect of the SHAM treatment of tea plants on their induced defense on a tea geometrid (TG), Ectropis obliqua Prout. Treatment of tea leaves with SHAM reduced the performance of TG and TG-elicited level of the lipoxygenase gene CsiLOX1 and the putative allene oxide synthase gene CsiAOS1. The release of wound-induced green leaf volatiles(More)
The tea green leafhopper Empoasca vitis Göthe (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) has become the key insect pest affecting tea plantations in southern China. The control of E. vitis with chemical insecticides is not only costly but also has serious undesirable effects. It is therefore imperative that environmentally sound and sustainable management alternatives be(More)