How phytoplasmas generate witches' brooms and attract insect vectors


Functional genomics of how insects manipulate plants




The Hogenhout lab research program focuses on
Molecular Plant Microbe-Insect Interactions (MPMII).

This includes understanding phytoplasma genome
and the characterization of phytoplasma
virulence effectors
that modulate plant and insect processes.

As molecular mechanisms mediating insect-plant
remain to be largely elucidated, research is also
aimed at understanding plant defense responses
to herbivores and processes involved in herbivore host
selection with a specific focus on aphids and whiteflies.



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