Gong Chen

Research interests

Main research:

I am interested in chemical ecology, parasitoid behavior, hyperparasitoid ecology, plant-insect interactions, virus-insect-plant interactions and multi-trophic level interactions. I am currently studying tritrophic interactions. I aim to explain the mechanisms of tritrophic interactions through chemical ecology.


Teaching activities:

Supervised 4 master students in China


Publications (#Co-first author, *Corresponding author):


Gong Chen, Qi Su, Xiaobin Shi, Huipeng Pan, Xiaoguo Jiao, Youjun Zhang*, Persistently Transmitted Viruses Restrict the Transmission of Other Viruses by Affecting Their Vectors, Frontiers in Physiology, 2018, 9:1261.


Qi Su#, Gong Chen#, Mark C. Mescher, Zhengke Peng, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Jie Liu, Chuanren Li, Wenkai Wang, Youjun Zhang*. Whitefly aggregation on tomato is mediated by feeding-induced changes in plant metabolites that influence the behaviour and performance of conspecifics. Functional Ecology, 2018, 32(5), 1180-1193.


Xiaobin Shi#, Gong Chen#, Huipeng Pan, Wen Xie, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Yong Liu, Xuguo Zhou*, Youjun Zhang*. Plants pre-infested with viruliferous MED/Q cryptic species promotes the subsequent Bemisia tabaci infestation. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2018, 9: 1404.



Gong Chen, Qi Su, Xiaobin Shi, Xin Liu, Zhengke Peng, Huixin Zheng, Wen Xie, Baoyun Xu, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Xuguo Zhou*, Youjun Zhang*. Odor, Not Performance, Dictates Bemisia tabaci's Selection between Healthy and Virus Infected Plants. Frontiers in Physiology, 2017, 8: 146.


Xin Liu#, Gong Chen#, Youjun Zhang, Wen Xie, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang*. Virus-Infected Plants Altered the Host Selection of Encarsia formosa, a Parasitoid of Whiteflies. Frontiers in Physiology, 2017, 8:937.



Qi Su, Mark C. Mescher, Shaoli Wang, Gong Chen, Wen Xie, Qingjun Wu, Wenkai Wang, Youjun Zhang*. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus differentially influences plant defence responses to a vector and a non-vector herbivore. Plant Cell & Environment, 2016, 39(3): 597~607.


Xiaobin Shi, Gong Chen, Lixia Tian, Zhengke Peng, Wen Xie, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Xuguo Zhou, Youjun Zhang*. Salicylic acid mediated plant volatile affects preference of Bemisia tabaci. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2016, 17: 1048.



Xiaobin Shi, Huipeng Pan, Wen Xie, Xiaoguo Jiao, Yong Fang, Gong Chen, Xin Yang, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Youjun Zhang*. Three-way interactions between the tomato plant, tomato yellow leaf curl virus, and Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) facilitate virus spread. Journal of Economic Entomology, 2014, 107(3): 920-926.



Gong Chen#, Huipeng Pan#, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Yong Fang, Xiaobin Shi, Youjun Zhang*. Virus infection of a weed increases vector attraction to and vector fitness on the weed. Scientific Reports, 2013, 3: 2253.


Pan HP, Gong Chen, Fei Li, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Wen Xie, Baiming Liu, Baoyun Xu, Youjun Zhang*. Tomato spotted wilt virus infection reduces the fitness of a non-vector herbivore on pepper. Journal of Economic Entomology, 2013, 106(2): 924~928.


Yong Fang, Xiaoguo Jiao, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Xiaobin Shi, Gong Chen, Qi Su, Xin Yang, Huipeng Pan, Youjun Zhang*. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus alters the host preferences of its vector Bemisia tabaci. Scientific Reports, 2013, 3: 2876.


Xiaobin Shi, Huipeng Pan, Wen Xie, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Yang Liu, Yong Fang, Gong Chen, Xiwu Gao, Youjun Zhang*. Plant virus differentially alters the plant’s defense response to its closely related vectors. PLoS ONE, 2013, 8: e83520.

Gong Chen




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