My research seeks to understand the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlining interactions between plants, insect herbivores, and pathogenic microbes as a means of managing pests and diseases. I strongly believe that a better understanding of these mechanisms holds the key to sustainable agriculture. The knowledge of interaction/communication between plants and their biotic stressors will allow us to engineer disease resistance in agronomically important plants.
Nalam, V.J., Louis, J., Patel, M. and Shah, J. 2018. Arabidopsis-Green Peach Aphid interaction: rearing the insect, no-choice and fecundity assays, and electrical penetration graph technique to study insect feeding behavior. Bio-protocol, 8(15): e2950. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.2950
Nalam, V.J., Louis, J., and Shah, J. 2018. Plant defense against aphids, the pest extraordinaire. Invited Review. Plant Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.04.027
Angelella, G.M., Nalam, V.J., Nachappa, P., White, J.A, Kaplan, I. Endosymbionts differentially alter exploratory probing behavior of a nonpersistent plant virus vector. Microbial Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-017-1133-5.
Nachappa, P., Culkin, C.T., Saya, P.M., Han, J.L. and Nalam, V.J. 2016. Water stress modulates soybean aphid performance, feeding behavior and virus transmission in soybean. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, DOI:10.3389/fpls.2016.00552.
Nalam, V.J., Sarowar, S. and Shah, J. 2016. Establishing a Fusarium graminearum infection model in Arabidopsis thaliana. Bio-protocol, DOI:10.21769/BioProtoc.1877.
Nalam, V. J., Alam, S., Keereetaweep, J., Venables, B., Burdan, D., Lee, H., Trick, H. N., Sarowar, S., Makandar, R. and Shah, J. 2015. Facilitation of Fusarium graminearum Infection by 9-lipoxygenases in Arabidopsis and Wheat. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact., 28:1142-1152.
Nalam, V.J., Keeretaweep, J., Sarowar, S., and Shah, J., 2012. Root-derived oxylipins promote green peach aphid performance on Arabidopsis thaliana foliage. Plant Cell, 24: 1643-1653.
Chaturvedi, R., Venables, B., Petros, R., Nalam, V.J., Li, M., Wang, X., Welti, R., Takemoto, L.J. and Shah, J. 2012. An abietane diterpenoid is a potent activator of systemic acquired resistance. Plant J., 71:161-172.
Makandar, R.*, Nalam, V.J.*, Lee, H., Trick, H.N., Dong, Y. and Shah, J. 2012. Salicylic acid regulates basal resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 25:431-439.
Both authors contributed equally to the work.
Nalam, V.J., Vales, M.I., Johnson, E.B. and Riera-Lizarazu, O 2007. Map-based analysis of genetic loci on chromosome 2D that affect glume tenacity and the free-threshing character in common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 116:135-145.
Nalam, V.J., Vales, M.I., Watson, C.J.W., Kianian, S.F. and Riera-Lizarazu, O. 2006. Map based analysis of genes affecting the brittle rachis character in tetraploid wheat (Triticum turgidum L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 112: 373-381.