Plant-Insect Interactions

Program Chairs: Lieceng Zhu and Julien Saguez

Insects and plants interact at different levels e.g. insects can use plants as food sources, refuges or egg-laying sites. Plants provide resources for insects such as sap, nectar or plant tissues. Different types of beneficial or detrimental interactions occur between plants and insects. They manifest at molecular, behavioral and macroscopic levels. Pollination is an excellent example of a beneficial interaction, plants attracting insects using visual or olfactiory cues to promote their reproduction. In contrast, piercing-sucking insects often carry pathogens (e.g. virus, bacteria, phytoplasma) and chewing insects injure plants that could produce volatiles to attract natural enemies or plant defenses for protection against these pests. Some interactions are highly specific. All these interactions could affect the fitness of insects and the growth and health of plants.

All people working on these different aspects of plant-insect interactions are invited to submit a poster to this session.

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