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Card-index course



Responsible Faculty: School of Biology (FBM-BIO)

Teacher(s): Philippe Reymond

Validity: 2015 -> 2015

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
12 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English, French
Public: No
Credits: 0
Participants: maximum 40


How does a plant perceive a wound or an attack by an herbivore at the molecular level, how are jasmonates used for signal transduction, and which defense processes and genes are activated.


12 h lecture on the perception of herbivores, the role of the hormone jasmonic acid in signal transduction, the involvement of genes controloing toxic metabolite production and the induction of defense proteins. Detection of insect eggs and coevolution between plants and insects are also presented

18 h of practicals with the participation to on-going research projects on plant-insect interactions


written exam


1. Howe GA and Jander G. 2008. Plant immunity to insect herbivores. Annual Review of Plant Biology 59: 41-66.
2. Acosta, I. and Farmer, E.E. (2010) Jasmonates. In The Arabidopsis Book (American Society of Plant Biologists) http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1199/tab.0129

Programme requirements


Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
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