Arthropod-Plant Interactions

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Correction to: Aphid-induction of defence-related metabolites in Arabidopsis thaliana is dependent upon density, aphid species and duration of infestation

  • Simon HodgeEmail author
  • Mark Bennett
  • John W. Mansfield
  • Glen Powell

Correction to: Arthropod-Plant Interactions (2019) 13:387–399

The authors would like to include the following changes in the published article.

The authors concede that errors were made in the nomenclature of the indole glucosinolates that make interpretation of results problematic.

The four generally-accepted indole glucosinolates in A. thaliana are: indol-3-ylmethylglucosinolate, 1-methoxyindol-3-ylmethylglucosinolate, 4-hydroxyindol-3-ylmethylglucosinolate and 4-methoxyindol-3-ylmethylglucosinolate (Brown et al. 2003). These four compounds were detected in our study, and not the mistyped 3-methoxy derivative, and the glucosinolate we abbreviated as 3MIND is actually the parent indole glucosinolate, indol-3-ylmethylglucosinolate. Another more minor issue was that the methylsulphinylalkyl glucosinolates and methylthioalkyl glucosinolates should have a bracket in their names to indicate that it is the entire group that is attached to position 4. Finally, all the glucosinolates should strictly have “glucosinolate” as the final part of their name. Therefore, Table 1 of the original manuscript required modification and should read as given below.

The authors also accept that the codes they have used for the glucosinolates are slightly unorthodox when compared to those used by other papers (e.g. Brown et al. 2003). However, these codes are used consistently throughout the paper, including all figures, so they are retained in Table 1 so that readers can more easily locate the appropriate compound from codes given in the script.
Table 1

Summary, classification and abbreviated codes of compounds extracted and measured from Arabidopsis foliage

Class and code




Jasmonic acid


Absicic acid


Salicylic acid


Salicylate glycoside

Phytoalexin derivatives




Dihydro-camalexic acid

Amino acids













Phenolic esters


Sinapoyl malate


Feruloyl malate

Indolyl glucosinolates









Aliphatic glucosinolates


3-(Methylsulphinyl)propyl glucosinolate


4-(Methylsulphinyl)butyl glucosinolate


5-(Methylsulphinyl)pentyl glucosinolate


6-(Methylsulphinyl)hexyl glucosinolate


7-(Methylsulphinyl)heptyl glucosinolate


8-(Methylsulphinyl)octyl glucosinolate


4-(Methylthio)butyl glucosinolate


5-(Methylthio)pentyl glucosinolate


7-(Methylthio)heptyl glucosinolate


8-(Methylthio)octyl glucosinolate

Overall, given these problems with nomenclature, the findings reported concerning the effects of aphids on Arabidopsis glucosinolates still make sense in terms of known glucosinolate biosynthesis pathways. The aphid-induced decrease of two indole glucosinolates (3MIND and 4HIND) and increase of another (4MIND) would appear correct according to the biosynthesis pathway of 3MIND → 4HIND → 4MIND (using our codes) given by Pfalz et al. (2016; see also Kim and Jander 2007). Foliage concentrations of 1MIND tended not to show strong or systematic changes when plants were challenged by aphids, which also makes sense as this compound is branched from this biosynthesis pathway (Pfalz et al. 2016).



The authors wish to thank Associate Professor Niels Agerbirk and Dr John Rossiter for insightful discussion and advice on these issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of BiologyImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Future Farming CentreLincoln UniversityCanterburyNew Zealand
  3. 3.NIAB EMREast MallingUK

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