Plant-mediated interactions between pathogenic microorganisms and herbivorous arthropods

Annu Rev Entomol. 2006;51:663-89. doi: 10.1146/annurev.ento.51.110104.151117.


Plant-mediated interactions between pathogenic microorganisms and arthropod herbivores occur when arthropod infestation or pathogen infection changes the shared host plant in ways that affect a subsequent attacker of the opposite type. Interest in such "tripartite" interactions has increased as the ecological and plant physiological framework for understanding and contextualizing them has developed. The outcomes of plant-mediated interactions are variable, and only a few provisional patterns can be identified at present. However, these interactions can have important consequences not only for individual pathogens and herbivores, but also for the population dynamics of both types of organisms in managed and natural ecosystems. Research has focused on the role of two plant response pathways in mediating tripartite interactions, one involving jasmonic acid and the other salicylic acid. Further studies of plant-mediated interactions will facilitate an understanding of how plants coordinate and integrate their defenses against multiple biotic threats.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arthropods / physiology*
  • Ecosystem*
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Plant Development
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Diseases / parasitology
  • Plants / chemistry
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Plants / microbiology*
  • Signal Transduction