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Laramy Enders

Entomology 

  • Assistant Professor of Entomology
765.496.3990
WSLR Room 130

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Background:

BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - University of Rochester, NY

PhD Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology - University of California, Riverside

USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Research Interests: 

insect microbial ecology, plant-insect-symbiont interactions, metagenomics, applied evolutionary entomology, vector biology, population genetics

 

Research Summary:

Insects engage in diverse associations with microbial partners that range from parasitism to mutualism. Within both natural and agro-ecosystems the implications of microbial partnerships are important for determining how insects respond to environmental stress, overcome host plant defenses and spread diseases. For example, many insects are known for their symbiotic relationships with bacteria that play essential nutritional and defensive roles. In addition, insects are highly effective vectors of many plant pathogens. My research group is interested in understanding multi-trophic interactions between aphids, their symbionts and host plants. Ongoing research aims to investigate the extent to which the aphid microbiome mediates interactions with host plants and influences the transmission of plant pathogens. We primarily focus on a suite of aphid species that feed on toxic milkweed plants and several pest species that vector Barley yellow dwarf virus​ in cereal agro-ecosystems.

Department of Entomology, 901 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4554

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