STUDIES ON INSECT-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS: RECENT TRENDS AND PROSPECT
QIN JUN-DE (CHIN CHUN-TEH) (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080)
This review concerns researches on insect-plant relationships and the presentation is divided into the following headings: the historical background, physiological mechanism of host-plant selection by insects, responses of plants to herbivory, novel approach to control insects by using transgenic crops and prospect. Emphasis is laid on the integration of sensory informations in the central nerve system of insects, plant compensation for insect damage, and induction of chemical defence in plants by herbivory. Whether insect could develop resistance toward genetically engineered crops is discussed. Further developments in this research field are predicted.