Beneficial worm allies warn plants of parasite attack belowground and reduce aboveground herbivore preference and performance

Shokoofeh Kamali, Ali Javadmanesh, Lukasz Stelinski, Tina Kydnt, Alireza Seifi, Mojtaba Hosseini, Mehyar Heydarpour, Javad Asili & Javad Karimi
We investigated responses of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) to two functional guilds of nematodes - plant parasite (Meloidogyne javanica) and entomopathogens (Heterorhabditis bacteriophora, Steinernema feltiae belowground, and S. carpocapsae) - as well as a leaf mining insect (Tuta absoluta) aboveground. Our results indicate that entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs): 1) induced plant defense responses, 2) reduced root knot nematode (RKN) infestation belowground and 3) reduced herbivore (T. absoluta) host preference and performance aboveground. Concurrently, we investigated the plant...
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