Zhu Salzman, Keyan individual record

Over millions of years of co-evolution with insects, plants have developed various defense machineries that can be activated in response to insect herbivory. Insects, in turn, have developed a variety of strategies to evade these plant defense mechanisms. An improved understanding of this complex plant defense and insect counter-defense relationship will facilitate development of better strategies to improve host plant defense. Currently, we are using Arabidopsis to study plant defense signal transduction pathways against insect pests. Meanwhile, since effectiveness of plant defense is also determined by the insect response, my laboratory is also investigating how insects adapt to the challenge of plant defense molecules, as well as to human imposed management strategies, and is working to identify new insect vulnerable systems.

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Academic Articles96
  • He, L. i., Chen, I. W., Zhang, Z., Zheng, W., Sayadi, A., Wang, L., ... Zhu-Salzman, K. (2022). In silico promoter analysis and functional validation identify CmZFH, the co-regulator of hypoxia-responsive genes CmScylla and CmLPCAT. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 140, 103681-103681.
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  • Huang, Q., Zhang, G., Nan, J., Cheng, W., & Zhu-Salzman, K. (2021). Characterization of trehalose metabolic genes and corresponding enzymatic activities during diapause of Sitodiplosis mosellana. Journal of Insect Physiology. 135, 104324-104324.
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  • Ji, R., Fu, J., Shi, Y. u., Li, J., Jing, M., Wang, L. u., ... Fang, J. (2021). Vitellogenin from planthopper oral secretion acts as a novel effector to impair plant defenses.. New Phytol. 232(2), 802-817.
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  • Yang, J., Sun, X., Zhu-Salzman, K., Qin, Q., Feng, H., Kong, X., Zhou, X., & Cai, Q. (2021). Host-induced gene silencing of brown planthopper glutathione S-transferase gene enhances rice resistance to sap-sucking insect pests. Journal of Pest Science. 94(3), 769-781.
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First Name
Last Name
Zhu Salzman
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Entomology; 2475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77845-2475