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Mechanisms and Ecological Relevance of Direct Plant Responses to the Third Trophic Level

Project description

Towards a new infochemical pathway into tritrophic interactions

Research shows that plants are able to sense the presence of predators and respond to them. The mechanisms of these responses, however, are largely unknown, including their influence on tritrophic interactions in nature. The EU-funded PRENEMA project will shed light on plant responses to the third trophic level – the natural enemies of herbivores – as a previously overlooked mechanism that controls tritrophic interactions. To do this, the project will use an interdisciplinary approach to the tritrophic model system consisting of maize and its wild ancestor teosinte, Diabrotica balteata – an insect that attacks maize roots – and its natural enemy, the nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. PRENEMA's work can aid new approaches aimed at natural pest control.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAET BERN
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 499 671

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 499 671
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments