Arthropod-Plant Interactions

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 825–832 | Cite as

A functional response evaluation of pre-infestation with Bemisia tabaci cryptic species MEAM1 on predation by Propylea japonica of Myzus persicae on host plant tomatoes

  • Fan Yang
  • Xiao-Ling Tan
  • Fang-Hua Liu
  • Su Wang
  • Ju-Lian Chen
  • Tu-Yong YiEmail author
Original Paper


Herbivore feeding on host plants may induce defense responses of the plant which influence other herbivores and interacting species in the vicinity, such as natural enemies. The present work evaluated the impact of pre-infestation with the tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabaci cryptic species MEAM 1, on the predation ability of the ladybird Propylea japonica, to the green peach aphid Myzus persicae, on tomato plants. The results show that B. tabaci pre-infestation density, duration, and leaf position, can impact prey consumed by P. japonica under various aphid densities. The aphids consumed by P. japonica in each treatment were fit using the Holling type II functional response equation. The predatory efficiency (a/T h) of P. japonica was the highest in the treatment with 60 aphids and 48-h infestation directly on damaged leaves. The predatory efficiencies of P. japonica decreased with a reduction of pre-infestation density and duration. We also observed that pre-infestation on young and undamaged leaves increased predation by P. japonica.


Induced defense Infestation density Infestation duration Systemic defense Functional response 



Support of this research was from the following Grants: the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 31272089), National Basic Research Program of China (973 Project No. 2013CB127600), Beijing Technology Program (D171100001617003) and Youth Science Foundation, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (No. qnjj201410). We are grateful for the assistance of all staff and students in the Key Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Northwest A&F University at Yangling, Shaanxi, China.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fan Yang
    • 1
  • Xiao-Ling Tan
    • 2
  • Fang-Hua Liu
    • 3
  • Su Wang
    • 4
  • Ju-Lian Chen
    • 2
  • Tu-Yong Yi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Plant ProtectionHunan Agricultural UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Institute of Plant ProtectionChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Integrated management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of ZoologyUniversity of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.Institute of Plant and Environment ProtectionBeijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry SciencesBeijingChina

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