This invention includes the characterization of the major salivary protein or enzyme of the corn earworm Helicoverpa zea for triggering resistance to bacterial blight and frogeye leaf spot in soybeans and for triggering resistance to insects in tomatoes. The invention includes an enzyme or a novel protein secreted from the salivary glands of certain insects including the saliva of species belonging to the order Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera.
University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)
Felton, Gary W.; Mathews, Mary C.; Bi, Jianlong; and Murphy, John B., "Insect salivary enzyme triggers systemic resistance" (2001). Patents Granted. 163.