Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Rupesh Kariyat
Dr. Teresa Patricia Feria Arroyo
Dr. Matthew Terry
Chapter 2: In this chapter we have examined the role of trichomes in plant stress biology, reviewed the studies on herbivore X trichome interactions, and their role in plant defences. Ultimately, we have proposed new areas of research for future work.
Chapter 3: In this chapter, we examined whether AMF has cascading effects on insect community dynamics through attraction/repulsion of beneficial and damaging insects using Sorghum-sudangrass (Sorghum x drummondii), either inoculated with commercial AMF mix or left as control in lab and field experiments. Our results suggest positive effects of AMF on plant growth, and a lower initial incidence of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), a major herbivore on Sorghum in the region. Besides, AMF inoculated plants attracted significantly more beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids) and a lower number of damaging herbivores. Therefore, our data suggests that AMF can have implications for sustainable pest management strategies.
Kaur, Jasleen, "Effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) on Growth and Herbivore Defenses in Sorghum Sudangrass (Sorghum X drummondii)" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 487.