Differences in the Detoxification Metabolism between Two Clonal Lineages of the Aphid Myzus persicae (Sulzer) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) Reared on Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.)

Marco A. Cabrera-Brandt1, Eduardo Fuentes-Contreras2, and Christian C. Figueroa1*

Myzus persicae (Sulzer) is a highly polyphagous aphid species, with a subspecies (M. persicae nicotianae) well adapted to tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.). We evaluated the effect of this host plant on the aphid performance and detoxification enzymes, in order to test the participation of xenobiotic metabolism on the ability of this aphid to overcome the tobacco chemical defences. Two genotypes, one corresponding to the only M. persicae nicotianae genotype reported in Chile on tobacco, and one genotype belonging to M. persicae sensu stricto were reared on tobacco and pepper (Capsicum annuum L.), respectively. M. persicae nicotianae showed a significantly higher intrinsic rate of increase (rm) on pepper than on tobacco, and M. persicae s.s. performed similarly, but with no reproduction at all on tobacco. In order to evaluate the effect of tobacco on detoxification enzymes, esterases, glutathione S-transferases (GST) and cytochrome P-450 monooxygenases (MO) were determined in both selected aphid genotypes after 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 h of rearing on tobacco and pepper. M. persicae nicotianae exhibited the higher total esterase activities when reared on tobacco than on pepper after 48 h of rearing, while the activities of GST and MO did not show any significant difference between host-plants and duration of treatment. For M. persicae s.s., no significant differences were observed among host-plants for the studied enzymes. These results suggest a participation of the esterases, on the ability of this M. persicae nicotianae to overcome the tobacco defences.

Keywords: Myzus persicae nicotianae, Myzus persicaesensu stricto s.s., detoxification enzymes, esterases, glutathione S-transferases, monooxygenases, intrinsic rate of increase.
1Universidad Austral de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile. *Corresponding author (christianfigueroa@uach.cl).
2Universidad de Talca, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Casilla 747, Talca, Chile.