Are eucalypt leaf volatiles inducible?
|Target group:||Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics|
|Educational level:||Masters, Bachelor|
Plants produce a vast array of specialized metabolites which enable them to interact with their environment e.g. attract pollinators and protect against herbivores and pathogens. Many specialized metabolites are volatile, and are released into the air constitutively, or upon induction, such as following herbivore attack or in response to abiotic stress. Eucalyptus species produce many specialized metabolites, including volatile mono- and sesquiterpenes. Whilst it is known that eucalypt volatiles are emitted constitutively, very little is known about the extent volatile emissions are inducible, and how the chemical profile may change in response to herbivore attack.
|Methods used:||Volatile emission capture, chemical extractions, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, GCMS, LCMS|
|Keywords:||Plant physiology, BVOC, terpenes, Eucalyptus, inducible chemical defense|
|Supervisor(s):||Riikka Rinnan (BIO), Elizabeth Neilson (PLEN)|