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Effects of plant host species on insect immune response

Grant number: 19/26998-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2020
Effective date (End): June 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal researcher:Leonardo Gobbo Neto
Grantee:Marilia Elias Gallon
Supervisor abroad: Angela Smilanich
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Nevada, Reno, United States  


Insects are one of the most abundant organisms on Earth, and they play fundamental roles in community dynamics and ecosystem evolution. Studying plant-insect interactions have provided valuable information into ecological and evolutionary systems, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary research. Recent studies have shown that the insect immune response and its microbiome have been influenced by plant chemical content, especially by the variation in plant secondary metabolites. Most of these studies focused on the evaluation of single or few plant metabolites, lacking studies that analyze the whole plant metabolome. In this research project, we aim to perform insect immune assays and microbial analyses, along with LC-MS analyses-based metabolomics of plant species and insects. Thus, we intend to unravel plant-insect-microorganism interactions in a more comprehensive and integrative context, aiming to add new insights into the interaction between organisms. (AU)

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