Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 28, Issue 18, pp 1493–1501

Wound and insect herbivory responsive genes in poplar

  • Susan D. Lawrence
  • Christopher Dervinis
  • Nicole Novak
  • John M. Davis
Original Paper


Insect herbivory leads to induced resistance to subsequent infestations in plants. This is due in part to feeding-induced expression of genes that can lead to reduced palatability and/or digestibility of the plant material. We identified 57 distinct differentially expressed genes from poplars that were either infested by gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) or mechanically wounded. Eleven highly insect-inducible genes were also found to be wound-inducible. Time course analysis revealed diverse timing of peak transcript accumulation. Sequence analysis of promoters suggested that the wound responsive elements, W and DRE, and the jasmonic acid responsive H motif, are over-represented in wound-induced poplar promoters and should be investigated further.


Defense DRE-box H-box Herbivory Infestation Poplar Populus W-box Wounding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan D. Lawrence
    • 1
  • Christopher Dervinis
    • 2
  • Nicole Novak
    • 1
  • John M. Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research ServiceInsect Biocontrol LaboratoryBeltsvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular BiologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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