Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 51, Issue 20, pp 2457–2465

Role of ethylene signaling in the production of rice volatiles induced by the rice brown planthopper Nilaparvata lugens


DOI: 10.1007/s11434-006-2148-3

Cite this article as:
Lu, Y., Wang, X., Lou, Y. et al. CHINESE SCI BULL (2006) 51: 2457. doi:10.1007/s11434-006-2148-3


Ethylene signaling pathway plays an important role in induced plant direct defense against herbivores and pathogens; however, up to now, only few researches have focused on its role in induced plant indirect defense, i.e. the release of herbivore-induced volatiles, and the results are variable. Using a model system consisting of rice plants, the rice brown planthopper Nilaparvata lugens and its egg parasitoid Anagrus nilaparvatae, we examined the role of ethylene signaling in the production of rice volatiles induced by N. lugens by measuring both the timing of herbivore-induced ethylene levels and the relationships between ethylene, rice volatiles and attraction of the parasitoid. N. lugens infestation significantly enhanced the release of ethylene during 2–24 h after infestation. Plants treated with ethephon, a compound that breaks down to release ethylene at cytoplasmic pH, released volatiles profiles similar to those released by N. lugens-infested plants, and both of them showed an equal attraction of the parasitoid. Moreover, pretreatment with 1-MCP, an inhibitor of ethylene perception, reduced the release of most of rice volatiles whose amount was enhanced by N. lugens infestation and decreased the attractiveness to the parasitoid. These results demonstrate that ethylene signaling is required for the production of rice volatiles induced by N. lugens.


ethylene signaling pathwayNilaparvata lugensAnagrus nilaparvataeherbivore-induced rice volatilesricetritrophic interaction

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Insect SciencesZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Food and OilHenan University of TechnologyZhengzhouChina