American Potato Journal

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 157–167

Glycoalkaloids as pest resistance factors

  • Ward M. Tingey


Potato glycoalkaloids, a class of steroid glycosides, possess antimicrobial and pesticidal properties. These phytochemicals have been implicated as natural resistance factors inSolanum species against the Colorado potato beetle,Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say, and the potato leafhopper,Empoasca fabae (Harris). Adverse effects of these secondary metabolites on insect behavioral and developmental biology are described, as well as considerations in manipulation of foliar glycoalkaloids in breeding for varietal resistance to insects.


Los glicoalcaloides de la papa, una clase de glicósidos esteroides, tienen propiedades antimicrobianas y de pesticida. Estos elementos fitoquímicos han sido incorporados en las especies deSolanum como factores naturales de resistencia al escarabajo de la papa,Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say, y a la cigarrita verde,Empoasca fabae (Harris). Se describen los efectos adversos de estos metabolitos secundarios en la biología del comportamiento y del desarrollo de los insectos, como también las consideraciones respecto a la manipulación de los glicoalkaloides foliares en el mejoramiento para resistencia varietal a insectos.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ward M. Tingey
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  1. 1.Department of EntomologyCornell UniversityIthaca

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