BACKGROUND: The brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens, the most destructive pest of rice, is a typical monophagous herbivore that feeds exclusively on rice sap, which migrates over long distances. Outbreaks of it have re-occurred approximately every three years in Asia. It has also been used as a model system for ecological studies and for developing effective pest management. To better understand how a monophagous sap-sucking arthropod herbivore has adapted to its exclusive host selection and t ...[more]
Project description:Nilaparvata lugens, the brown planthopper (BPH) sucks the rice phloem sap containing high sucrose to obtain carbon source. The comparative gene expression analyses were perfomed during feeding against starvation in order to determine sugar transporter and other feeding related gene expression. Young BPH females that feed rice seedlings or feed-deprived (water-supplied) for 24 hours were prepared in triplicate. Gene expression was compared in these two groups: feeding and feed-deprived.