RNA interference in Colorado potato beetle: Steps toward development of dsRNA as a commercial insecticide

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Abstract

Colorado potato beetle (CPB) is a notorious pest on potatoes and has a remarkable ability to detoxify plant chemicals and develop resistance against insecticides. dsRNA targeting CPB genes could be expressed in potato plants to control this pest. However, previous attempts at introducing transgenic potato plants to control CPB were not highly successful. Recent studies showed that feeding dsRNA expressed in bacteria works very well to kill CPB. To realize the potential of RNAi to control this and other economically important pests, more efficient methods for production and delivery of dsRNA need to be developed. Extensive research to determine off-target and non-target effects, environmental fate and potential for resistance development is also essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2014

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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