Secondary metabolites in plant-herbivore interactions

Molecular and Chemical Plant-Herbivore Interactions

How well plants interact with the biotic and abiotic environment determines their survival in nature and yield in agriculture. We elucidate the strategies that plants employ to resist biotic stresses, with a particular focus on the role of plant secondary metabolites in root herbivore interactions. By combining different techniques and plant models in an interdisciplinary approach, we aim at generating a flow of knowledge from single genes to ecological interactions across a gradient from wild systems to agriculture.

 

Recent Publications

  • Identification of Photorhabdus symbionts by MALDI-TOF MS
    Hill, Virginia; Kuhnert, Peter; Erb, Matthias; Machado, Ricardo A. R.
    Microbiology-sgm 166(6): 522-530 DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.000905  JUN 2020
  • Suppression of a leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase enhances host plant resistance to a specialist herbivore
    Ye, Meng; Kuai, Peng; Hu, Lingfei; Ye, Miaofen; Sun, Hao; et al.
    Plant Cell And Environment 43(10), 10.1111/pce.13834 OCT 2020
  • Heritable variation in root secondary metabolites is associated with recent climate
    Bont, Zoe; Zust, Tobias; Arce, Carla C. M.; Huber, Meret; Erb, Matthias
    Journal Of Ecology,  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13441  JUN 2020
  • Entomopathogenic nematodes from Mexico that can overcome the resistance mechanisms of the western corn rootworm
    Bruno, Pamela; Machado, Ricardo A. R.; Glauser, Gaetan; Kohler, Angela; Campos-Herrera, Raquel; et al.
    Scientific Reports 10(1), 10.1038/s41598-020-64945-x May 2020
  • Evaluation of primer pairs for microbiome profiling from soils to humans within the One Health framework
    Wasimuddin; Schlaeppi, Klaus; Ronchi, Francesca; Leib, Stephen L.; Erb, Matthias; et al.
    Molecular Ecology Resources  DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.13215 AUG 2020
  • Induction of defense in cereals by 4-fluorophenoxyacetic acid suppresses insect pest populations and increases crop yields in the field
    Wang, Wanwan; Zhou, Pengyong; Mo, Xiaochang; Hu, Lingfei; Jin, Nuo; et al.
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America  DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2003742117  JUN 2 2020
  • Engineering bacterial symbionts of nematodes improves biocontrol potential of the western corn rootworm (Feb, 10.1038/s41587-020-0419-1, 2020)
    Machado, RAR; Thonen, L; Arce, CCM; Theepan, V; Prada, F; Wuthrich, D; Robert, CAM; Vogiatzaki, E; Shi, YM; Schaeren, OP; Notter, M; Bruggmann, R; Hapfelmeier, S; Bode, HB; Erb, M
    NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY,  DOI: 10.1038/s41587-020-0478-3, MAR 2020
  • Engineering bacterial symbionts of nematodes improves biocontrol potential of the western corn rootworm
    Machado, RAR; Thonen, L; Arce, CCM; Theepan, V; Prada, F; Wuthrich, D; Robert, CAM; Vogiatzaki, E; Shi, YM; Schaeren, OP; Notter, M; Bruggmann, R; Hapfelmeier, S; Bode, HB; Erb, M
    NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, DOI: 10.1038/s41587-020-0419-1, FEB 2020
  • Independent evolution of ancestral and novel defenses in a genus of toxic plants (Erysimum, Brassicaceae)
    ELIFE 9, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.51712 Published: APR 7 2020
    Zuest, Tobias; Strickler, Susan R; Powell, Adrian F., et al.
  • Adapted dandelions trade dispersal for germination upon root herbivore attack
    Bont, Zoe; Pfander, Marc; Robert, Christelle A. M.; Huber, Meret; Poelman, Erik H.; et al.
    Proceedings Of The Royal Society B-biological Sciences 287(1921) DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2930 FEB 26 2020
  • Impact of Seasonal and Temperature-Dependent Variation in Root Defense Metabolites on Herbivore Preference in Taraxacum officinale
    Huang, Wei; Bont, Zoe; Herve, Maxime R.; Robert, Christelle A. M.; Erb, Matthias
    Journal Of Chemical Ecology 46(1): 63-75 DOI: 10.1007/s10886-019-01126-9  JAN 2020
  • Spodoptera frugiperda Caterpillars Suppress Herbivore-Induced Volatile Emissions in Maize
    De Lange, Elvira S.; Laplanche, Diane; Guo, Huijuan; Xu, Wei; Vlimant, Michele; Erb, Matthias; Ton, Jurriaan; Turlings, Ted
    Journal Of Chemical Ecology,  DOI: 10.1007/s10886-020-01153-x, JAN 2020
  • Plant defense resistance in natural enemies of a specialist insect herbivore
    Zhang, Xi; van Doan, Cong; Arce, Carla C. M.; Hu, Lingfei; Gruenig, Sandra; et al.
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America,  DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1912599116, NOV 12 2019
  • Plant Biology: Evolution of Volatile-Mediated Plant-Plant Interactions
    Erb, M
    CURRENT BIOLOGY, 29 (18):R873-R875; 10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.066 SEP 23 2019
  • Distinct defense strategies allow different grassland species to cope with root herbivore attack
    Herve, MR; Erb, M
    OECOLOGIA, 191 (1):127-139; 10.1007/s00442-019-04479-w SEP 2019
  • Molecular Interactions Between Plants and Insect Herbivores
    Erb, M; Reymond, P. Edited by: Merchant SS
    ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLANT BIOLOGY, VOL 70, 70 527-557; 10.1146/annurev-arplant-050718-095910 2019
  • Root volatiles in plant-plant interactions II: Root volatiles alter root chemistry and plant-herbivore interactions of neighbouring plants
    Huang, W; Gfeller, V; Erb, M
    PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, 42 (6):1964-1973; 10.1111/pce.13534 JUN 2019
  • Root volatiles in plant-plant interactions I: High root sesquiterpene release is associated with increased germination and growth of plant neighbours
    Gfeller, V; Huber, M; Forster, C; Huang, W; Kollner, TG; Erb, M
    PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, 42 (6):1950-1963; 10.1111/pce.13532 JUN 2019
  • Molecular Dissection of Early Defense Signaling Underlying Volatile-Mediated Defense Regulation and Herbivore Resistance in Rice
    Ye, M; Glauser, G; Lou, YG; Erb, M; Hu, LF
    PLANT CELL, 31 (3):687-698; 10.1105/tpc.18.00569 MAR 2019
  • Integration of two herbivore-induced plant volatiles results in synergistic effects on plant defence and resistance
    Hu, LF; Ye, M; Erb, M
    PLANT CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, 42 (3):959-971; SI 10.1111/pce.13443 MAR 2019
  • Can Herbivore-Induced Volatiles Protect Plants by Increasing the Herbivores' Susceptibility to Natural Pathogens?
    Gasmi, L; Martinez-Solis, M; Frattini, A; Ye, M; Collado, MC; Turlings, TCJ; Erb, M; Herrero, S
    APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 85 (1):10.1128/AEM.01468-18 JAN 2019
  • Fungal resistance mediated by maize wall-associated kinase ZmWAK-RLK1 correlates with reduced benzoxazinoid content
    Yang, P; Praz, C; Li, BB; Singla, J; Robert, CAM; Kessel, B; Scheuermann, D; Luthi, L; Ouzunova, M; Erb, M; Krattinger, SG; Keller, B
    NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 221 (2):976-987; 10.1111/nph.15419 JAN 2019
Matthias Erb

Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
3013 Bern

Tel: +41 (0)31 631 86 68

Research topics

  • Biosynthesis of plant secondary metabolites
  • Herbivore foraging behavior
  • Herbivore detoxification of plant metabolites

 

Interdisciplinary

  • Phytochemistry and genetics of maize (Zea mays)
  • Phytochemistry and molecular biology of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Behavior and metabolism of root herbivores (Diabrotica virgifera, Melolontha melolontha)
  • HPLC/MS
  • Environmental RNAi of insects