I am interested in plant abiotic and biotic stress. I have worked with plants, nematodes and other organisms, as well as chemical expertise that enables me to study chemical signaling among organisms. I have three ongoing projects. First, I am identifying the full dispersal blends for entomopathogenic nematodes to control plant insect pest. The second is to understand factors that regulate dauer recovery in Caenorhabditis elegans and its application to plant parasitic nematodes. The third, exciting new area of research is about the interaction of plant parasitic nematodes with plant roots through volatile compounds. Dr. Alborn at the USDA-ARS and I developed a noninvasive method to collect volatile compounds from plant root zone. I am working on isolating the factors that attract or repel plant parasitic nematodes to identify the plant biosynthetic pathways for these compounds.
Kaplan F, Alborn HT, von Reuss SH, Ajredini R, Ali JG,
Akyazi F, Stelinski LL, Edison AS, Schroeder FC, Teal PAE (2012)
Interspecific nematode signals regulate dispersal behavior. PLoS
ONE 7: e38735
Kaplan F, Srinivasan J, Mahanti P, Ajredini R, Durak O,
Nimalendran R, Sternberg PW, Teal PEA, Schroeder FC, Edison AS and
Alborn HT (2011) Ascaroside expression in Caenorhabditis elegans
is strongly dependent on diet and developmental stage. PLoS
ONE 6: e17804.
Kaplan F, Badri DV, Zachariah C, Ajredini R, Sandoval F,
Roje S, Levine L, Zhang F, Robinette S, Alborn HT, Zhao W, Stadler
M, Nimalendran R, Dossey AT, Brushweiler R, Vivanco JM, Edison AS
(2009) Bacterial Attraction and Quorum Sensing Inhibition in
Caenorhabditis elegans Exudates. J. Chem. Ecol. 35:
Srinivasan J*, Kaplan F*, Ajredini R, Zachariah C, Alborn
H, Teal P, Malik RU, Edison A, Sternberg PW, and Schroeder FC (2008)
A synergistic blend of small molecules differentially regulates both
mating behavior and development in Caenorhabditis elegans.
Nature 454: 1115-1118.
*Co-first author. Cited
Kaplan F, Zhao W, Richards JT, Wheeler RM, Guy CL, Levine
LH (2012) Transcript and metabolite responses of Arabidopsis are
[CO2] and development dependent. PLoS ONE
Schmelz EA, Kaplan F, Huffaker A, Dafoe NJ, Vaughan MM, Ni
X, Rocca JR, Alborn HT, and Teal PEA (2011) Identity, regulation,
and activity of inducible diterpenoid phytoalexins in
Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 108: 5455-5460.
Kaplan F, Sung DY, Haskell D, Riad GS, Popp M, Amaya M,
LaBoon A, Kawamura Y, Tominaga Y, Kopka J, Uemura M, Lee K-J, Brecht
JK and Guy CL (2009) Could Ethanolic Fermentation During Cold Shock
Be a Novel Plant Cold Stress Coping Strategy? L. V. Gusta, M. E.
Wisniewski and K. K. Tanino (Eds). In Plant Cold Hardiness. From
the Laboratory to the Field. Oxford University Press. pp 80-90.
Kaplan F, Kopka J, Sung DY, Zhao W, Popp M, Porat R, Guy
CL (2007) Transcript and metabolite profiling during cold
acclimation of Arabidopsis reveals an intricate relationship of
cold-regulated gene expression with modifications in metabolite
content. Plant J. 50:967-981. Cited by 108
Kaplan F, and Guy CL (2005) RNA interference of
Arabidopsis beta‐amylase8 prevents maltose accumulation upon cold
shock and increases sensitivity of PSII photochemical efficiency to
freezing stress. Plant J. 44: 730-743. Cited by 75
Kaplan F, Kopka J, Haskell D, Zhao W, Schiller KC, Gatzke
N, Sung DY, Guy CL (2004) Exploring The Temperature Stress
Metabolome of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 136: 4159
-4168. Cited by 302
Kaplan F, and Guy CL (2004) Beta-amylase induction and the
protective role of maltose during temperature shock. Plant
Physiol. 135: 1674-1684. Cited by 85
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