Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 639–650 | Cite as

Oxidative responses in soybean foliage to herbivory by bean leaf beetle and three-cornered alfalfa hopper

  • G. W. Felton
  • C. B. Summers
  • A. J. Mueller


Variation in induced responses in soybean is shown to be dependent, in part, upon herbivore species. Herbivory by the phloem-feeding three-cornered alfalfa hopper caused increases in the activities of several oxidative enzymes including lipoxygenases, peroxidases, ascorbate oxidase, and polyphenol oxidase. Bean leaf beetle defoliation caused increased lipoxygenase activity, but had little effect upon peroxidase, polyphenol oxidase, ascorbate oxidase, or trypsin inhibitor levels in either field or greenhouse studies. In one field experiment, prior herbivory by the bean leaf beetle subsequently reduced the suitability of foliage to the corn earwormHelicoverpa zea. The contribution of these findings to emerging theories of insect-plant interactions is discussed.

Key Words

Soybean lipoxygenase peroxidase polyphenol oxidase trypsin inhibitor ascorbate oxidase oxidative stress Lepidoptera Noctuidae Helicoverpa zea corn earworm Cerotoma trifurcata bean leaf beetle Coleoptera Chrysomelidae Spissistilus festinus three-cornered alfalfa hopper Homoptera Membracidae induced resistance interspecific competition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. Felton
    • 1
  • C. B. Summers
    • 1
  • A. J. Mueller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of ArkansasFayetteville

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