Regulation of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) induced defence against the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae

J. He

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Plants have evolved mechanisms to combat herbivory. These mechanisms can be classified as direct defences which have a negative influence on the herbivores and indirect defence that attracts natural enemies of the attacking herbivores. Both direct and indirect defences can be constantly present or induced upon attack. This study, using cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) as model, aimed to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying the induced defence during herbivory, with emphasis on transcriptional changes and the involved TFs,  the enzymatic function of the genes associated with volatile biosynthesis, and their promoters which regulate their expression.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Bouwmeester, Harro, Promotor
  • Dicke, Marcel, Promotor
  • Kappers, Iris, Co-promotor
Award date8 Apr 2016
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789462576810
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • cucumis sativus
  • cucumbers
  • induced resistance
  • plant pests
  • tetranychus urticae
  • mites
  • defence mechanisms
  • herbivore induced plant volatiles
  • herbivory
  • metabolomics
  • terpenoids
  • genomics


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