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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2007 Aug;10(4):399-408. Epub 2007 Jul 24.

Plant-aphid interactions: molecular and ecological perspectives.

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  • 1Department of Entomology, 320 Agriculture Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA.


Many aphids are major agricultural pests because of their unparalleled reproductive capacity and their ability to manipulate host plant physiology. Aphid population growth and its impact on plant fitness are strongly influenced by interactions with other organisms, including plant pathogens, endophytes, aphid endosymbionts, predators, parasitoids, ants, and other herbivores. Numerous molecular and genomic resources have recently been developed to identify sources of aphid resistance in plants, as well as potentially novel targets for control in aphids. Moreover, the same model systems that are used to explore direct molecular interactions between plants and aphids can be utilized to study the ecological context in which they occur.

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