The two-spotted spider mite is a herbivore that feeds on over 1100 host plant species. This species is able to interfere with plant defense activation . Such defense manipulation has also been described for pathogens, nematodes and herbivorous insects and is mediated by so-called 'effector proteins'. Wim Jonckheere investigates the role of effectors and other components of the saliva of two-spotted spider mites during interaction with its many host plants.
W.S.A. Jonckheere: The Salivary Proteome of Tetranychus Urticae: Key to its Polyphagous Nature?
Prof. P.H. van Tienderen
Prof. L. Tirry (Universiteit Gent)
Prof. T.B.S. Van Leeuwen
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