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Deciphering of Pod Borer [Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner)] resistance in Cajanus platycarpus (Benth.) offers novel insights on the reprogramming and role of flavonoid biosynthesis pathway

The study demonstrates understanding the metabolic basis of resistance to Helicoverpa armigera in the pigeon pea wild relative, Cajanus platycarpus. Gene expression and targeted metabolite profiling of the flavonoid biosynthesis pathway in the wild relative showed a dynamic response tightly linked during herbivory Over accumulating metabolites when assessed by a diet-overlay assay interfered in insect feeding, growth and development.