A database of crop pest cell lines

Surjeet Kumar Arya, Cynthia L. Goodman, David Stanley, Subba Reddy Palli

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We have developed an online database describing the known cell lines from Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera that were developed from agricultural pests. Cell line information has been primarily obtained from previous compilations of insect cell lines. We conducted in-depth Internet literature searches and drew on Internet sources such as the Cellosaurus database (https://web.expasy.org/cellosaurus/), and inventories from cell line depositories. Here, we report on a new database of insect cell lines, which covers 719 cell lines from 86 species. We have not included cell lines developed from Drosophila because they are already known from published databases, such as https://dgrc.bio.indiana.edu/cells/Catalog. We provide the designation, tissue and species of origin, cell line developer, unique characteristics, its use in various applications, publications, and patents, and, when known, insect virus susceptibility. This information has been assembled and organized into a searchable database available at the link https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/aginsectcellsdatabase which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIn Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Animal
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This material is based on the work supported by the National Science Foundation I/UCRC, the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (under grant no. IIP‐1821936, and by industry partners) and the US Department of Agriculture (under HATCH Project 2353057000). We would like to thank Cantrell, Chad from Agriculture Communication, University of Kentucky for his help with the database setup. The findings and conclusions in this publication are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy. Mention of trade names or commercial products in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Society for In Vitro Biology.


  • Cell line
  • Database
  • Diptera
  • Hemiptera
  • Hymenoptera
  • Lepidoptera
  • Pest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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