Association mapping of plant resistance to insects

K.J. Kloth, H.P.M. Thoen, H.J. Bouwmeester, M.A. Jongsma, M. Dicke

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Association mapping is rapidly becoming an important method to explore the genetic architecture of complex traits in plants and offers unique opportunities for studying resistance to insect herbivores. Recent studies indicate that there is a trade-off between resistance against generalist and specialist insects. Most studies, however, use a targeted approach that will easily miss important components of insect resistance. Genome-wide association mapping provides a comprehensive approach to explore the whole array of plant defense mechanisms in the context of the generalist–specialist paradigm. As association mapping involves the screening of large numbers of plant lines, specific and accurate high-throughput phenotyping (HTP) methods are needed. Here, we discuss the prospects of association mapping for insect resistance and HTP requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-319
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • genome-wide association
  • arabidopsis-thaliana
  • specialist herbivores
  • complex traits
  • glucosinolate accumulation
  • generalist herbivores
  • signaling pathways
  • natural variation
  • systems biology
  • host-plant

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