Smith, C. Michael

Smith, C. MichaelUniversity Distinguished Professor Emeritus
128 W. Waters Hall
Manhattan KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4700
Fax: (785) 532-6232
Area(s) of Specialization:
Plant Resistance to Arthropods

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B.S. Biology, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1971
M.S. Entomology, Mississippi State University, 1973
Ph.D. Entomology, Mississippi State University, 1976
Post Doctoral Associate, North Carolina State University, 1976 - 1978


General Entomology [ENTOM 312 Distance]
Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests [ENTOM 732]
Conventional and Molecular Methods for Crop Resistance [ENTOM 885]


Plant resistance to arthropods; cereal gene expression in response to arthropods; arthropod biotypes & virulence factors

Significant Publications


Smith CM. 2005. Plant Resistance to Arthropods – Molecular and Conventional Approaches. Springer, The Netherlands. 423 pp.

Smith CM, Khan ZR, Pathak MD. 1994. Techniques for Evaluating Insect Resistance in Crop Plants. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 320 pp.

Smith CM. 1989. Plant Resistance to Insects - A Fundamental Approach. John Wiley & Sons, NY. 286 pp.


Smith CM, Clement SL. 2012. Molecular Bases of Plant Resistance to Arthropods. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 57: 309 -328.

Smith CM, Boyko EB. 2007. Mini Review: The molecular bases of plant resistance and defense responses to aphid feeding: current status. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 122:1-16.

Refereed Journals

Smith CM. 2021. Conventional breeding of insect-resistant crop plants: still the best way to feed the world population. Current Opinion in Insect Science 45:7–13.

Aguirre-Rojas LM, Scully ED, Trick HN, Zhu KY, Smith CM. 2021. Comparative analyses of transcriptional responses of Dectes texanus LeConte (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) larvae fed on three different host plants and artificial diet. Sci Rep 11, 11448.

Khalaf L, Timm A, Chuang W-P, Enders L, Hefley TJ, Smith CM. 2020. Modeling Aceria tosichella biotype distribution over geographic space and time. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0233507.

Zhao J, Abdelsalam NR, Khalaf L, Chuang W, Zhao L, Smith CM, Carver B, Bai G. 2019. Development of single nucleotide polymorphism markers for the wheat curl mite resistance gene Cmc4. Crop Sci. 59: 1567-1575.

Boulain H, Legeai F, Guy E, Morlière S, Douglas NE, Oh J, Murugan M, Smith M, Jaquiery J, Peccoud J, White FF, Carolan JC, Simon J-C, Sugio A. 2018. Fast evolution and lineage-specific gene family expansions of aphid salivary effectors driven by interactions with host-plants. Genome Biol Evol. 10: 1554–1572.

Enders LS, Hefley TJ, Girvin JJ, Whitworth JR, Smith CM. 2018. Spatiotemporal distribution and environmental drivers of barley yellow dwarf virus and vector abundance in Kansas. Phytopathol. 108:1196-1205.

Carver BF, Smith CM, Chuang W-P, Hunger RM, Edwards JT, Yan L, Brown-Guedira G, Gill BS, Bai G, Bowden RL. 2016. Registration of OK05312, a high-yielding hard winter wheat donor of Cmc4 for wheat curl mite resistance. J. Plant Reg. 10:75-79.

Crespo‑Herrera LA, Akhunov E, Garkava‑Gustavsson L, Jordan KW, Smith CM, Singh RP, Åhman I. 2014. Mapping resistance to the bird cherry‑oat aphid and the greenbug in wheat using sequence‑based genotyping. Theor Appl Genet. 127:1963-73.

Murugan M, Smith CM. 2012. Barley tolerance of Russian wheat aphid biotype 2 herbivory involves expression of defense response and developmental genes. Plant Signaling and Behavior. 7:382-391.

Liu X, Meng J, Starkey S, Smith CM. 2011. Wheat gene expression is differentially affected by a virulent Russian wheat aphid biotype. J. Chem. Ecol. 37:472-482.

Smith CM, Liu XM, Wang LJ, Liu X, Chen MS, Starkey S, Bai J. 2010. Aphid feeding activates expression of a transcriptome of oxylipin-based defense signals in wheat involved in resistance to herbivory. J. Chem. Ecol. 36:260-276.

Boyko EV, Smith CM, Vankatappa T, Bruno J, Deng Y, Starkey SR, Klaahsen D. 2006. The molecular basis of plant gene expression during aphid invasion: wheat Pto- and Pti-like sequences modulate aphid-wheat interaction. J. Econ. Entomol. 99:1430-1445.