Bottom-up effects of irrigation, fertilization and plant resistance on Tuta absoluta: implications for Integrated Pest Management

  • Peng HanEmail author
  • Nicolas Desneux
  • Christine Becker
  • Romain Larbat
  • Jacques Le Bot
  • Stéphane Adamowicz
  • Jiang Zhang
  • Anne-Violette Lavoir


Soil abiotic factors and plant traits are able to trigger bottom-up effects along the tri-trophic plant–herbivore–natural enemy interactions. The consequences could be useful for controlling the insect herbivores. The South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), a devastating invasive leaf-mining pest on tomato and other solanaceous plants, is currently threatening the tomato production worldwide. Recent knowledge of bottom-up effects on this pest has been gained, with fertilization, irrigation, plant resistance traits, as well as their interactions, being the major sources of these effects. Evidence is now emerging on how they impact on the performance of the moth from the perspective of tri-trophic interactions. In this review, we summarize the essential experiments studying the bottom-up effects on T. absoluta and discuss the implications of those findings for the Integrated Pest Management programs. Future promising research directions are then proposed.


Plant chemical defense Plant adaptation/tolerance Tri-trophic interactions Breeding Plastid genome transformation Agro-ecosystems 



We thank the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Pest Science for the invitation to submit this review article fitting the special issue on Tuta absoluta in 2019.

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Authors declare no conflict of interests.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Han
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicolas Desneux
    • 2
  • Christine Becker
    • 3
  • Romain Larbat
    • 4
  • Jacques Le Bot
    • 5
  • Stéphane Adamowicz
    • 5
  • Jiang Zhang
    • 6
  • Anne-Violette Lavoir
    • 2
  1. 1.CAS Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Bioresource in Arid Land, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and GeographyChinese Academy of SciencesÜrümqiChina
  2. 2.INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)University Côte d’Azur, CNRS, UMR 1355-7254Sophia AntipolisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Crop ProtectionHochschule Geisenheim UniversityGeisenheimGermany
  4. 4.UMR 1121 UL-INRA Agronomie et EnvironnementVandoeuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  5. 5.UR1115 PSH, INRAAvignonFrance
  6. 6.State Key Laboratory of Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering, School of Life SciencesHubei UniversityWuhanChina

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