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Gall midge olfaction and its role in speciation

Boddum, Tina (2012). Gall midge olfaction and its role in speciation. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp, Sweden : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:6
ISBN 978-91-576-7763-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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With the swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii) as our main model species, we study two types of olfactory cues that are of importance for gall midges: 1) the pheromones emitted by the female to attract the male; 2) and the host plant volatiles that the females use when finding a host for oviposition.
We found that both the blend of compounds and the enantioisomeric form are important for male attraction in the wind tunnel and in the field. For pheromone reception, the gall midges use the sensillum type that display sexual dimorphism, male swede midge use the gall midge specific sensilla circumfila while the Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor) use s. trichodea.
In a detailed study of the female host finding behavior, we found that olfactory cues are important for the swede midge host selection. However, this "first impression" can be modulated by later plant characters, such as the physical defense of the host plant, or which host plants are available. By using the electrophysiological technique GC-EAD, we compared the response of 12 gall midge species, including the swede midge, to a blend of 45 plant volatiles to explore the relative impact of host plant chemistry, life-history strategies and the midge phylogeny on the gall midge host plant recognition system.

Authors/Creators:Boddum, Tina
Title:Gall midge olfaction and its role in speciation
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :19 December 2012
Number of Pages:48
ITina Boddum, Niels Skals, Marit Wirén, Robert Baur, Stefan Rauscher and Ylva Hillbur (2009). Optimization of the pheromone blend of the swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii, for monitoring. Pest Manag Sci.65, 851–856
IITina Boddum, Niles Skals, Sharon R. Hill, Bill S. Hansson and Ylva Hillbur (2010). Gall midge olfaction: Pheromone sensitive olfactory neurons in Contarinia nasturtii and Mayetiola destructor. Journal of Insect Physiology 56, 1306-1314.
IIITina Boddum, Göran Birgersson, Sharon R. Hill, Bill S. Hansson and Ylva Hillbur (2012). Specificity and plasticity of the swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii) host choice (manuscript).
IVTina Boddum, Béla Molnár, Göran Birgersson, Sharon R. Hill, Bill S. Hansson, Kibrom Abreha, Erik Andreasson and Ylva Hillbur (2012). Swede midge attraction to Arabidopsis with altered odor profiles (manuscript).
VBéla Molnár, Tina Boddum, Göran Birgersson, Sharon R. Hill, Bill S. Hansson and Ylva Hillbur (2012). Ecology and phylogenetic relationship shapes the olfactory systems of the gall midges (manuscript).
Place of Publication:Alnarp, Sweden
Publisher:Dept. of Plant Protection Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7763-1
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Obsolete subject words > NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology > Terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology > Ethology and behavioural ecology
Obsolete subject words > NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology > Organism biology > Animal physiology
Obsolete subject words > NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology > Cell and molecular biology > Molecular biology
Agrovoc terms:cecidomyiidae, olfaction, pheromones, kairomones, host plants, phylogeny, contarinia, mayetiola destructor
Keywords:Gall midge, olfaction, speciation, pheromone, host plant volatiles, swede midge, Hessian fly
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ID Code:9362
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Plant Protection Biology
External funders:FORMAS
Deposited By: Tina Boddum
Deposited On:20 Dec 2012 09:46
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:54

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