LI Ping

PhD student

The whitefly Bemisia tabaci species complex causes severe crop losses through direct feeding and transmission of begomoviruses. Plant-mediated interactions between whiteflies and begomoviruses exert important influences on the abundance of the whitefly vectors and epidemiology of the viruses. My studies focus on the mechanisms of plant-mediated whitefly-begomovirus interactions. I investigate the roles of chemical signals and pathogenesis-related proteins in the tripartite interactions.

I obtained my BSc degree in Plant Protection from Agricultural University of Hebei in 2010, and my MSc degree in Pesticide Science from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in 2013. During my MSc study, I worked on the effects of high temperatures on the biological parameters and enzyme activities of the turnip aphid Lipaphis erysimi Kaltenbach.