PRECS student projects

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2023



  • Tomato is an important vegetable. Its production is threatened due to altered weather patterns which increase environmental stressors such as flooding1, 2 and herbivory3 to crops.
  • Plants respond in many ways. Stressed plants strike back to environmental stress by altering their chemistry4:
  1. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions
  2. Defensive secondary metabolites2
  • Stress induced physiological changes in plants impact growth and development of insects.
  • This study is broken into two experiments:
  1. The plant response to flooding stress
  2. The insect performance on flooded plants


Research featured in this poster has been conducted with the cooperation of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



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