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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457956/gene-drives-to-fight-malaria-current-state-and-future-directions
#1
Andrew M Hammond, Roberto Galizi
Self-propagating gene drive technologies have a number of desirable characteristics that warrant their development for the control of insect pest and vector populations, such as the malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Theoretically easy to deploy and self-sustaining, these tools may be used to generate cost-effective interventions that benefit society without obvious bias related to wealth, age or education. Their species-specific design offers the potential to reduce environmental risks and aim to be compatible and complementary with other control strategies, potentially expediting the elimination and eradication of malaria...
February 19, 2018: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457249/gut-bacteria-of-cockroaches-are-a-potential-source-of-antibacterial-compound-s
#2
Noor Akbar, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Mazhar Iqbal, K Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Here, we hypothesized that the microbial gut flora of animals/pests living in polluted environments, produce substances to thwart bacterial infections. The overall aim of this study was to source microbes inhabiting unusual environmental niches for potential antimicrobial activity. Two cockroach species, Gromphadorhina portentosa (Madagascar) and Blaptica dubia (Dubia) were selected. The gut bacteria from these species were isolated and grown in RPMI 1640 and conditioned media were prepared. Conditioned media were tested against a panel of Gram-positive (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus cereus) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli K1, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria, as well as the protist pathogen, Acanthamoeba castellanii...
February 19, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456146/a-comprehensive-and-dated-phylogenomic-analysis-of-butterflies
#3
Marianne Espeland, Jesse Breinholt, Keith R Willmott, Andrew D Warren, Roger Vila, Emmanuel F A Toussaint, Sarah C Maunsell, Kwaku Aduse-Poku, Gerard Talavera, Rod Eastwood, Marta A Jarzyna, Robert Guralnick, David J Lohman, Naomi E Pierce, Akito Y Kawahara
Butterflies (Papilionoidea), with over 18,000 described species [1], have captivated naturalists and scientists for centuries. They play a central role in the study of speciation, community ecology, biogeography, climate change, and plant-insect interactions and include many model organisms and pest species [2, 3]. However, a robust higher-level phylogenetic framework is lacking. To fill this gap, we inferred a dated phylogeny by analyzing the first phylogenomic dataset, including 352 loci (> 150,000 bp) from 207 species representing 98% of tribes, a 35-fold increase in gene sampling and 3-fold increase in taxon sampling over previous studies [4]...
February 14, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454991/toxicological-effect-of-underutilized-plant-cleistanthus-collinus-leaf-extracts-against-two-major-stored-grain-pests-the-rice-weevil-sitophilus-oryzae-and-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
#4
Govindharaj Guru-Pirasanna-Pandi, Totan Adak, Basana Gowda, Naveenkumar Patil, Mahendiran Annamalai, Mayabini Jena
Toxicity and repellency activity of Cleistanthus collinus (Roxb.) (CC) leaf extracts were evaluated against rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (L.) and red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) under laboratory condition. Five concentration(s) (1%, 1.5%, 2%, 2.5% and 4%) with two controls (acetone and water) treatments along with deltamethrin were used for direct and contact residual toxicity. The insect that survived after CC exposure were transferred to an untreated feeding substrate and the population buildup of subsequent two generation were recorded after 30 (F1 ) and 60 days (F2 )...
February 15, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453965/effects-of-beauveria-bassiana-on-predation-and-behavior-of-the-predatory-mite-phytoseiulus-persimilis
#5
Shengyong Wu, Zhenlong Xing, Weinan Sun, Xuenong Xu, Ruixia Meng, Zhongren Lei
Determination of intraguild interactions between entomopathogens and predators is important when attempting to use a combination of these two natural enemy groups for biological control of their shared arthropod pest species. This study assessed the effects of Beauveria bassiana on the predation and associated behavior of the predatory mite, Phytoseiulus persimilis, against Tetranychus urticae. The functional response tests showed that P. persimilis exhibited a Holling type II response on the spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, when treated with either a B...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453964/conidiogenesis-related-dna-photolyase-gene-in-beauveria-bassiana
#6
Se Jin Lee, Mi Rong Lee, Sihyeon Kim, Jong Cheol Kim, So Eun Park, Tae Young Shin, Jae Su Kim
Beauveria bassiana is an entomopathogenic fungi used in environmentally mindful pest management. Its main active ingredient, conidia, is commercially available as a fungal biopesticide. Many studies of conidia production have focused on how to optimize culture conditions for maximum productivity and stability against unfavorable abiotic factors. However, understanding of how conidiogenesis-related genes provide improved conidial production remains unclear. In this study, we focus on identifying conidiogenesis-related genes in B...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453424/genetic-control-and-evolutionary-potential-of-a-constitutive-resistance-mechanism-against-the-spruce-budworm-choristoneura-fumiferana-in-white-spruce-picea-glauca
#7
Claudia Méndez-Espinoza, Geneviève J Parent, Patrick Lenz, André Rainville, Laurence Tremblay, Greg Adams, Andrew McCartney, Éric Bauce, John MacKay
Insect herbivory may drive evolution by selecting for trees with heritable resistance against defoliation. The spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana, SBW) is a highly damaging forest insect pest that can affect population structure of white spruce (Picea glauca) in North America. Resistance against SBW was recently described in white spruce and was linked to three constitutive resistance biomarkers: the phenolic compounds piceol and pungenol, and expression of a beta-glucosidase encoding gene (Pgβglu-1)...
February 17, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453089/botanical-essential-oils-and-uses-as-mosquitocides-and-repellents-against-dengue
#8
REVIEW
Muthiah Chellappandian, Prabhakaran Vasantha-Srinivasan, Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan, Sengodan Karthi, Annamalai Thanigaivel, Athirstam Ponsankar, Kandaswamy Kalaivani, Wayne B Hunter
Plants naturally produce bioactive compounds along with many secondary metabolites which serve as defensive chemical against herbivorers including insect pests. One group of these phytochemicals are the 'Essential Oils' (EO's), which possess an extensive range of biological activity especially insecticidal and insect repellents. This review provides a comprehensive viewpoint on potential modes of action of biosafety plant derived Essential Oils (EO's) along with their principal chemical derivatives against larvae and adult mosquito vectors of dengue virus...
February 13, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452202/effectiveness-of-indoor-allergen-reduction-in-the-management-of-asthma-a-systematic-review
#9
Brian F Leas, Kristen E D'Anci, Andrea J Apter, Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Marcus P Lynch, Janice L Kaczmarek, Craig A Umscheid
BACKGROUND: This review will inform updated National Asthma Education and Prevention Program clinical practice guidelines. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of allergen reduction interventions on asthma outcomes. METHODS: We systematically searched the gray literature and five bibliographic databases. Eligible studies included systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, and nonrandomized interventional studies. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Risk of Bias instrument and the Newcastle-Ottawa scale...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451910/the-fruit-and-vegetable-import-pathway-for-potential-invasive-pest-arrivals
#10
Erik Lichtenberg, Lars J Olson
The expansion of international trade in commodities increases the risk of alien species invasions. Invaders are difficult to detect on introduction, so prevention remains the preferred strategy for managing the threat of invasions. Propagule pressure has been shown to be a good predictor of invasion risk. Most studies to date, however, link potential invasive species arrivals with indirect measures of propagule pressure such as aggregate trade volumes. This paper estimates propagule pressure using data that measure actual arrivals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451903/stability-lies-in-flowers-plant-diversification-mediating-shifts-in-arthropod-food-webs
#11
Marcelo Mendes Haro, Luís Cláudio Paterno Silveira, Andrew Wilby
Arthropod community composition in agricultural landscapes is dependent on habitat characteristics, such as plant composition, landscape homogeneity and the presence of key resources, which are usually absent in monocultures. Manipulating agroecosystems through the insertion of in-field floral resources is a useful technique to reduce the deleterious effects of habitat simplification. Food web analysis can clarify how the community reacts to the presence of floral resources which favour ecosystem services such as biological control of pest species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451334/microrna-profiling-between-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1ab-susceptible-and-resistant-european-corn-borer-ostrinia-nubilalis-h%C3%A3-bner
#12
T Yu, X Li, B-S Coates, Q Zhang, B-D Siegfried, X Zhou
Transgenic maize hybrids that express insecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crystalline (Cry) protein toxins effectively protect against the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, a devastating maize pest. Field monitoring and laboratory selections have detected varying levels of O. nubilalis resistance to Cry1Ab toxin. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that are involved in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Their potential roles in the evolution of Bt resistance, however, remain largely unknown...
February 16, 2018: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451084/unusual-case-of-choking-due-to-assassin-bug-cydnocoris-gilvus
#13
Vaibhav Sonar, Sachin Patil
Choking is a form of asphyxia which is caused by an obstruction within the air passages. Here, we report a case of obstruction of the upper respiratory tract due to assassin bug ( Cydnocoris gilvus) where allegations of medical negligence were made by relatives of the deceased. Autopsy findings demonstrated that an insect was present inside the larynx, lodged at the epiglottis. Multiple haemorrhagic patches were present at the base of the tongue, larynx, epiglottis, vocal cords and tracheal bifurcation. As Reduviidae can be successfully used as a biological pest-control agents, they should be used with due precaution...
January 2018: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450902/identification-and-expression-profiles-of-novel-odorant-binding-proteins-and-functional-analysis-of-obp99a-in-bactrocera-dorsalis
#14
Jing Zhang, Deye Luo, Peng Wu, Haozhe Li, Hongyu Zhang, Weiwei Zheng
Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) in insects are essential for mating and oviposition host selection. How these OBPs respond to different hosts at the mRNA level and their effects on behavior remain poorly characterized. The oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis is a highly invasive agricultural pest with an extremely broad host range and high fecundity. Based on our previously constructed B. dorsalis transcriptome, six OBPs that were differentially expressed during three different physiological adult stages were identified...
February 16, 2018: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450860/morphological-characterization-of-helicoverpa-armigera-h%C3%A3-bner-lepidoptera-noctuidae-heliothinae
#15
L Queiroz-Santos, M M Casagrande, A Specht
The cotton bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) is a widespread lepidopteran pest found in various crops worldwide. This highly polyphagous species, commonly found both in the Old and New World, has caused significant economic damage as an invasive agricultural pest in Brazil since 2013. The goal of the present study is to provide a detailed morphological assessment of adults and immature stages of H. armigera, as this species is often confused with H. zea (Boddie), a congeneric species that is native to the New World...
February 15, 2018: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449815/combinatorial-codes-and-labeled-lines-how-insects-use-olfactory-cues-to-find-and-judge-food-mates-and-oviposition-sites-in-complex-environments
#16
REVIEW
Alexander Haverkamp, Bill S Hansson, Markus Knaden
Insects, including those which provide vital ecosystems services as well as those which are devastating pests or disease vectors, locate their resources mainly based on olfaction. Understanding insect olfaction not only from a neurobiological but also from an ecological perspective is therefore crucial to balance insect control and conservation. However, among all sensory stimuli olfaction is particularly hard to grasp. Our chemical environment is made up of thousands of different compounds, which might again be detected by our nose in multiple ways...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448008/insecticidal-activity-putative-binding-proteins-and-histopathological-effects-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-vip3-459-toxin-on-the-lepidopteran-pest-ectomyelois-ceratoniae
#17
Hanen Boukedi, Slim Tounsi, Lobna Abdelkefi-Mesrati
The carob moth, Ectomyelois ceratoniae, is an important agricultural pest that is susceptible to the Vip3(459) protein. The insecticidal activity, evaluated against this lepidopteran pest, displayed an LC 50 value of about 28 ng/cm 2 .The investigation of the mode of action of this B. thuringiensis protein demonstrated that the active form of this toxin bound to putative receptors in the BBMV of E. ceratoniae. Ligand blotting experiment proved that Vip3(459) specifically bound to two proteins of about 53 and 57 kDa, located on the midgut...
February 12, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447350/soil-protists-a-fertile-frontier-in-soil-biology-research
#18
Stefan Geisen, Edward A D Mitchell, Sina Adl, Michael Bonkowski, Micah Dunthorn, Flemming Ekelund, Leonardo D Fernández, Alexandre Jousset, Valentyna Krashevska, David Singer, Frederick W Spiegel, Julia Walochnik, Enrique Lara
Protists include all eukaryotes except plants, fungi and animals. They are an essential, yet often forgotten, component of the soil microbiome. Method developments have now furthered our understanding of the real taxonomic and functional diversity of soil protists. They occupy key roles in microbial foodwebs as consumers of bacteria, fungi and other small eukaryotes. As parasites of plants, animals and even of larger protists, they regulate populations and shape communities. Pathogenic forms play a major role in public health issues as human parasites, or act as agricultural pests...
February 13, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447287/strain-specific-quantification-of-root-colonization-by-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-bacillus-firmus-i-1582-and-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-qst713-in-non-sterile-soil-and-field-conditions
#19
Hajeewaka C Mendis, Varghese P Thomas, Patrick Schwientek, Rauf Salamzade, Jung-Ting Chien, Pramuditha Waidyarathne, Joseph Kloepper, Leonardo De La Fuente
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens QST713 and B. firmus I-1582 are bacterial strains which are used as active ingredients of commercially-available soil application and seed treatment products Serenade® and VOTiVO®, respectively. These bacteria colonize plant roots promoting plant growth and offering protection against pathogens/pests. The objective of this study was to develop a qPCR protocol to quantitate the dynamics of root colonization by these two strains under field conditions. Primers and TaqMan® probes were designed based on genome comparisons of the two strains with publicly-available and unpublished bacterial genomes of the same species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447272/reduced-translucency-and-the-addition-of-black-patterns-increase-the-catch-of-the-greenhouse-whitefly-trialeurodes-vaporariorum-on-yellow-sticky-traps
#20
Clare Sampson, Anca D Covaci, James G C Hamilton, Nayem Hassan, Shakir Al-Zaidi, William D J Kirk
The greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is a pest of a wide range of vegetable and ornamental crops in greenhouses around the world. Yellow sticky traps are highly attractive to flying adults and so are frequently used to monitor the pest. Our aim was to test whether changes in trap translucency or the addition of printed black patterns could increase the catch on yellow sticky traps in greenhouses. Field trials were carried out in commercial crops of strawberry and tomato under glass over three years...
2018: PloS One
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