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
See other projects for this call