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I’m interested in population adaptation in an eco-evolutionary setting of plant-herbivore interactions. My PhD thesis aims to shed light on the origin of variability is the suppression ability on Tetranychus species, and on the eco-evo consequences of suppression. To due this I will study how the interaction between spider mites and host defences hinges on the plant species, through maternal effects and how the manipulation of tomato defences (induction or suppression) is population dependent. I will also study, as part of the ERC project, how variable is the niche-construction ability (suppression) on isogenic lines of an outbred population of T. evansi and how this intraspecific variation correlates with the performance of con- and heterospecifics competitors. Finally, I will also test if coexistence with a competitor is favoured by suppression. My project is being conducted in collaboration with Alison Ducan at Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier.
Paulo, J.T., Godinho, D.P., Silva, A., Branquinho, C. & Magalhães, S. (2018) Suppression of plant defences by herbivorous mites is not associated to adaptation to host plants.International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19, 1783. DOI:10.3390/ijms19061783 (IF2018 4,183; Q2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
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