Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Use of a new evolutionary conflict to improve the control of agricultural insect pests

Authors
Heckel, David G.
Departments
Abteilung Entomologie
Summary
ABC transporters have many useful functions in insects, such as determining the coloration of the caterpillar body and the adult eye, and likely the detoxification of plant defense metabolites. But ABC transporters are also vulnerable to attack by toxins made by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The use of these toxins in transgenic crop plants sets up a new evolutionary conflict between benefits and costs of ABC transporters, that can help in the control of insect pests of agriculture.

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