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Biomechanical Properties of Hemlocks: A Novel Approach to Evaluating Physical Barriers of the Plant-Insect Interface and Resistance to a Phloem-Feeding Herbivore.

Ayayee P, Yang F, Rieske LK - Insects (2014)

Bottom Line: Northern Japanese hemlock had relatively greater hardness than the remaining species.Our data contributes an additional perspective to the existing framework within which greater susceptibility and subsequent mortality of eastern hemlocks is observed.The potential application of microindentation to understanding the nature and relevance of plant mechanical defenses in plant-herbivore interactions is also demonstrated and highlighted.

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Affiliation: Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, S-225 Ag North, Lexington, KY 40546, USA. Ayayee.1@osu.edu.

ABSTRACT
Micromechanical properties that help mediate herbivore access may be particularly important when considering herbivorous insects that feed with piercing-sucking stylets. We used microindentation to quantify the micromechanical properties of hemlock, Tsuga spp., to quantify the hardness of the feeding site of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae. We measured hardness of the hemlock leaf cushion, the stylet insertion point of the adelgid, across four seasons in a 1 y period for four hemlock species growing in a common garden, including eastern, western, mountain, and northern Japanese hemlocks. Leaf cushion hardness was highest in the fall and winter and lowest in summer for all species. Northern Japanese hemlock had relatively greater hardness than the remaining species. Our data contributes an additional perspective to the existing framework within which greater susceptibility and subsequent mortality of eastern hemlocks is observed. The potential application of microindentation to understanding the nature and relevance of plant mechanical defenses in plant-herbivore interactions is also demonstrated and highlighted.

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(a) Actual and (b) diagrammatic indentation mark resulting from the microindentation process of a CSM pyramidal micro-indenter.
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Mentions: Micromechanical properties of leaf cushions were measured using a micro-indenter (CSM Instruments, Needham, MA, USA) in the Micromechanics Laboratory at the University of Kentucky. Indentation tests were performed using a Vickers diamond indenter, creating an indentation on the leaf cushions following application of a load (Figure 2).


Biomechanical Properties of Hemlocks: A Novel Approach to Evaluating Physical Barriers of the Plant-Insect Interface and Resistance to a Phloem-Feeding Herbivore.

Ayayee P, Yang F, Rieske LK - Insects (2014)

(a) Actual and (b) diagrammatic indentation mark resulting from the microindentation process of a CSM pyramidal micro-indenter.
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insects-05-00364-f002: (a) Actual and (b) diagrammatic indentation mark resulting from the microindentation process of a CSM pyramidal micro-indenter.
Mentions: Micromechanical properties of leaf cushions were measured using a micro-indenter (CSM Instruments, Needham, MA, USA) in the Micromechanics Laboratory at the University of Kentucky. Indentation tests were performed using a Vickers diamond indenter, creating an indentation on the leaf cushions following application of a load (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: Northern Japanese hemlock had relatively greater hardness than the remaining species.Our data contributes an additional perspective to the existing framework within which greater susceptibility and subsequent mortality of eastern hemlocks is observed.The potential application of microindentation to understanding the nature and relevance of plant mechanical defenses in plant-herbivore interactions is also demonstrated and highlighted.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, S-225 Ag North, Lexington, KY 40546, USA. Ayayee.1@osu.edu.

ABSTRACT
Micromechanical properties that help mediate herbivore access may be particularly important when considering herbivorous insects that feed with piercing-sucking stylets. We used microindentation to quantify the micromechanical properties of hemlock, Tsuga spp., to quantify the hardness of the feeding site of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae. We measured hardness of the hemlock leaf cushion, the stylet insertion point of the adelgid, across four seasons in a 1 y period for four hemlock species growing in a common garden, including eastern, western, mountain, and northern Japanese hemlocks. Leaf cushion hardness was highest in the fall and winter and lowest in summer for all species. Northern Japanese hemlock had relatively greater hardness than the remaining species. Our data contributes an additional perspective to the existing framework within which greater susceptibility and subsequent mortality of eastern hemlocks is observed. The potential application of microindentation to understanding the nature and relevance of plant mechanical defenses in plant-herbivore interactions is also demonstrated and highlighted.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus