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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

Chuang W-P, Aguirre-Rojas L, Khalaf LK, ZhangG, Fritz AK, Whitfield AE, Smith CM. 2017. Response of wheat genotypes carrying Cmc4 and Wsm2 to wheat curl mite, wheat streak mosaic virus, and wheat mosaic virus. J. Econ. Entomol. 110: doi: 10.1093/jee/tow255.

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. 

Petrova A, Smith CM. 2015. Application of brown planthopper salivary gland extract to rice plants induces systemic host mRNA patterns associated with nutrient remobilization. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0141769. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141769. 

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.

Ananthakrishanan R, Sinha DK, Murugan M, Zhu KY, Chen M-S, Zhu YC, Smith CM. 2014. Comparative gut transcriptome analysis reveals differences between virulent and avirulent Russian wheat aphids. Arthropod Plant Interactions. 8:79-88. doi:10.1007/s11829-014-9293-4.

Crespo Herrera, LA, Smith CM, Singh, RP, Ahman, I. 2013. Resistance to multiple cereal aphids in wheat–alien substitution and translocation lines. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7:535- 545.

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

Liu X, Marshall JP, Stary P, Edwards O, Puterka G, Dolatti L, Bouhssini ME, Malinga J, Smith CM. 2010. Global phylogenetics of an invasive aphid species: Evidence for multiple invasions into North America. J. Econ. Entomol. 103:958-965.

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.

Sotelo P, Starkey S, Voothuluru P, Wilde G, Smith CM. 2009. Resistance to Russian wheat aphid biotype 2 in CIMMYT synthetic hexaploid wheat lines. J. Econ. Entomol. 102:1255-1261.

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-likesequences modulate aphid-wheat interaction. J. Econ. Entomol. 99:1430-1445.

Liu XM, Smith CM, Gill BS. 2002. Mapping of microsatellite markers linked to the Dn4 and Dn6 genes expressing Russian wheat aphid resistance in wheat. Theor. Appl. Genet. 104:1042-1048.