Plants under attack from herbivorous insects develop an array of inducible defenses aimed at slowing the growth or development of the aggressor. We study the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and use genomics tools to monitor transcriptional changes after challenge with leaf-chewing insects. Our aim is to identifiy and understand the role of defense genes.

With an estimated agricultural crop loss of 15% to insect herbivores and the banned or restricted usage of many pesticides, knowledge about plant innate immunity upon insect attack is crucial to improve strategies for better crop protection.