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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827780/rna-interference-in-the-asian-longhorned-beetle-identification-of-key-rnai-genes-and-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr
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Thais B Rodrigues, Ramesh Kumar Dhandapani, Jian J Duan, Subba Reddy Palli
Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Anoplophora glabripennis is a serious invasive forest pest in several countries including the United States, Canada, and Europe. RNA interference (RNAi) technology is being developed as a novel method for pest management. Here, we identified the ALB core RNAi genes including those coding for Dicer, Argonaute, and double-stranded RNA-binding proteins (dsRBP) as well as for proteins involved in dsRNA transport and the systemic RNAi. We also compared expression of six potential reference genes that could be used to normalize gene expression and selected gapdh and rpl32 as the most reliable genes among different tissues and stages of ALB...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822598/next-generation-insect-resistant-plants-rnai-mediated-crop-protection
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REVIEW
Jiang Zhang, Sher Afzal Khan, David G Heckel, Ralph Bock
Plant-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) shows great potential in crop protection. It relies on plants stably expressing double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) that target essential genes in pest insects. Practical application of this strategy is challenging because producing sufficient amounts of stable dsRNA in plants has proven to be difficult to achieve with conventional transgenesis. In addition, many insects do not respond to exogenously applied dsRNAs, either degrading them or failing to import them into the cytoplasm...
May 20, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822492/rapid-adaptation-of-invertebrate-pests-to-climatic-stress
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REVIEW
Ary A Hoffmann
There is surprisingly little information on adaptive responses of pests and disease vectors to climatic stresses even though the short generation times and large population sizes associated with pests make rapid adaptation likely. Most evidence of adaptive differentiation has been obtained from geographic comparisons and these can directly or indirectly indicate rates of adaptation where historical data on invasions are available. There is very little information on adaptive shifts in pests detected through molecular comparisons even though the genomes of many pests are now available and can help to identify markers underlying adaptation...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822486/adaptation-to-toxic-hosts-as-a-factor-in-the-evolution-of-insecticide-resistance
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REVIEW
Andrei Alyokhin, Yolanda H Chen
Insecticide resistance is a serious economic problem that jeopardizes sustainability of chemical control of herbivorous insects and related arthropods. It can be viewed as a specific case of adaptation to toxic chemicals, which has been driven in large part, but not exclusively, by the necessity for insect pests to tolerate defensive compounds produced by their host plants. Synthetic insecticides may simply change expression of specific sets of detoxification genes that have evolved due to ancestral associations with host plants...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822485/game-theory-as-a-conceptual-framework-for-managing-insect-pests
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REVIEW
Joel S Brown, Kateřina Staňková
For over 100 years it has been recognized that insect pests evolve resistance to chemical pesticides. More recently, managers have advocated restrained use of pesticides, crop rotation, the use of multiple pesticides, and pesticide-free sanctuaries as resistance management practices. Game theory provides a conceptual framework for combining the resistance strategies of the insects and the control strategies of the pest manager into a unified conceptual and modelling framework. Game theory can contrast an ecologically enlightened application of pesticides with an evolutionarily enlightened one...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822479/next-generation-insect-resistant-plants-rnai-mediated-crop-protection
#6
REVIEW
Jiang Zhang, Sher Afzal Khan, David G Heckel, Ralph Bock
Plant-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) shows great potential in crop protection. It relies on plants stably expressing double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) that target essential genes in pest insects. Practical application of this strategy is challenging because producing sufficient amounts of stable dsRNA in plants has proven to be difficult to achieve with conventional transgenesis. In addition, many insects do not respond to exogenously applied dsRNAs, either degrading them or failing to import them into the cytoplasm...
September 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822171/-analysis-of-historical-origin-and-standardization-system-construction-of-citri-grandis-exocarpium
#7
Yi-Ping Yuan, Hua-Qiang Zhai, Zhao-Juan Guo, Li-Ting Kong, Xiao-Yu Jia, Ning-Ning Wang, Ying Dai, Pin-Hao Yu
To understand the history development and changes of Citri Grandis Exocarpium and initially establish its standard system after exploring the historical origins and modern development of Citri Grandis Exocarpium. In CNKI, Wanfang database and other academic search platforms were searched for literature on Citri Grandis Exocarpium and Chinese medicine standard system; the books related to its modern cultivation techniques and processing technology were also accessed, and after combining with the actual situation analysis, the prospective design of the standard system of Citri Grandis Exocarpium was finally established with research conclusion...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822099/insecticide-toxicity-to-the-borer-neoleucinodes-elegantalis-guen%C3%A3-e-lepidoptera-crambidae-developmental-and-egg-laying-effects
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R S Silva, L P Arcanjo, J R S Soares, D O Ferreira, J E Serrão, J C Martins, Á H Costa, M C Picanço
Neoleucinodes elegantalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) is one of the major pests of solanaceous plants in South America. It is considered a great threat by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization due to the serious economic damage that it causes on tomato farms; therefore, controlling this pest is a challenging task in South America. Controlling N. elegantalis at the egg stage is the best way to prevent it from damaging crops; however, thorough studies about the effectiveness of chemicals on the different life stages of this insect pest are lacking...
August 18, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821824/identification-and-analysis-of-brown-planthopper-responsive-micrornas-in-resistant-and-susceptible-rice-plants
#9
Yan Wu, Wentang Lv, Liang Hu, Weiwei Rao, Ya Zeng, Lili Zhu, Yuqing He, Guangcun He
The brown planthopper (BPH) is the most devastating insect pest of rice. The rice gene BPH15 confers resistance to BPH. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate a spectrum of development and defense response processes in plants. In this study, we analyzed six miRNA profiles of a BPH15 introgression line (P15) and a susceptible recipient line (PC) at three time points (0 h, 6 h and 48 h) after BPH attack, and identified 464 known miRNAs and 183 potential novel miRNAs. Before the BPH feeding, we identified 23 miRNAs differentially expressed in P15 and PC...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820436/minimal-pruning-and-reduced-plant-protection-promote-predatory-mites-in-grapevine
#10
Theresa Pennington, Christian Kraus, Ekatarina Alakina, Martin H Entling, Christoph Hoffmann
Improving natural pest control by promoting high densities of predatory mites (Acari: Phytoseiidae) is an effective way to prevent damage by pest mites (e.g., Eriophyidae, Tetranychidae) and other arthropod taxa that can cause serious damage to vineyards. Here, we investigate the influence of innovative management on predatory mite densities. We compare (i) full versus reduced fungicide applications and (ii) minimal pruning versus a traditional trellis pruning system in four fungus-resistant grapevine varieties...
August 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819698/sublethal-effects-of-pyrethroid-and-neonicotinoid-insecticides-on-iphiseiodes-zuluagai-denmark-and-muma-mesostigmata-phytoseiidae
#11
Odimar Zanuzo Zanardi, Gabriela Pavan Bordini, Aline Aparecida Franco, Cynthia Renata Oliveira Jacob, Pedro Takao Yamamoto
The predator mite Iphiseiodes zuluagai Denmark & Muma is an important biological-control agent of mite pests, and it is one of the most common species found in citrus orchards. This study assessed, under laboratory conditions, the toxicity and duration of the harmful effects of five insecticides, the three pyrethroids deltamethrin, esfenvalerate and lambda-cyhalothrin, and the two neonicotinoids imidacloprid and thiamethoxam on I. zuluagai. Furthermore, we estimated the life-table parameters of the predator...
August 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819325/nitenpyram-seed-treatment-effectively-controls-against-the-mirid-bug-apolygus-lucorum-in-cotton-seedlings
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Zhengqun Zhang, Yao Wang, Yunhe Zhao, Beixing Li, Jin Lin, Xuefeng Zhang, Feng Liu, Wei Mu
The mirid bug Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Dür) has become a major pest in cotton fields and has led to significant yield losses due to the widespread use of transgenic Bt cotton in China. Eight neonicotinoid seed treatments were investigated to determine their effects on the management of A. lucorum in cotton fields. All neonicotinoid seed treatments reduced the cotton damage caused by A. lucorum, and nitenpyram at the rate of 4 g/kg seed showed the most favorable efficacy in suppressing A. lucorum populations throughout the cotton seedling stage...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818776/bacillus-thuringiensis-coated-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-and-its-biopesticidal-effects-on-the-pulse-beetle-callosobruchus-maculatus
#13
Balasubramanian Malaikozhundan, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Sekar Vijayakumar, Merlin P Thangaraj
Insect pests belonging to the genus Callosobruchus are the major cause of damage to stored pulse crops. Recently, nanotechnology has emerged as a promising tool for pest control. In the present study, we report for the first time the synthesis and biological evaluation of Bacillus thuringiensis coated zinc oxide nanoparticles (Bt-ZnO NPs) on the pulse beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. The biologically synthesized Bt-ZnO NPs were extensively characterized using UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Zeta potential...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815867/baseline-susceptibility-of-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii-to-four-key-insecticide-classes
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Steven Van Timmeren, David Mota-Sanchez, John C Wise, Rufus Isaacs
BACKGROUND: The invasive drosophilid pest, Drosophila suzukii Matsumura, is affecting berry production in most fruit-producing regions of the world. Chemical control is the dominant management approach, creating concern for insecticide resistance in this pest. We compared the insecticide susceptibility of D. suzukii populations collected from conventional, organic, or insecticide-free blueberry sites. RESULTS: The sensitivity of D. suzukii to malathion and spinetoram declined slightly across the three years of monitoring, whereas it was more consistent for methomyl and zeta-cypermethrin...
August 16, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815424/hexamermis-popilliae-n-sp-nematoda-mermithidae-parasitizing-the-japanese-beetle-popillia-japonica-newman-coleoptera-scarabaeidae-in-italy
#15
Giuseppe Mazza, Francesco Paoli, Agostino Strangi, Giulia Torrini, Leonardo Marianelli, Giuseppino Sabbatini Peverieri, Francesco Binazzi, Giovanni Bosio, Stefano Sacchi, Claudia Benvenuti, Davide Venanzio, Emanuela Giacometto, Pio F Roversi, George O Poinar
A new species of mermithid nematode, Hexamermis popilliae n. sp. (Nematoda: Mermithidae) is described from the Japanese beetle Popillia japonica Newman in Italy, an area of new introduction for this invasive pest. The combination of the following characters separates H. popilliae from other members of the genus Hexamermis Steiner, 1924: adult head obtuse; amphidial pouches slightly posterior to lateral head papillae in female but adjacent to lateral head papillae in males; amphidial openings large, well developed; amphidial pouches elliptical in females and oblong in males; cuticular vulvar cone well developed, vulvar lips greatly reduced or lacking, vagina curved at tip where meeting uteri, without reverse bend (not S-shaped), spicules slightly curved, with a slight bend in the basal portion, approximately equal to body width at cloaca...
August 16, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815365/the-effect-of-dichlorvos-on-control-of-drosophila-and-its-safety-evaluation-under-different-application-methods
#16
Yue Zhang, Jing Zheng You, You Zhou, Pei Wen Zhang, De Qiang Qin, Zhi Xiang Zhang
Drosophila is a common strawberry pest. In this work, toxicities of the 77.5% EC dichlorvos to 3rd instar larvae and adults of drosophila were evaluated through indoor bioassays and field bioassays, respectively. To insure the safety, dichlorvos dissipation and terminal residue in strawberry by different application methods under field conditions were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography. The decline curves of dichlorvos residues in strawberry corresponded with first-order kinetics, and dichlorvos dissipated rapidly in strawberry with half-life (t1/2) of 7...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815299/morphological-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-a-microsporidium-nosema-sp-isolated-from-rice-stem-borer-chilo-suppressalis-walker-lepidoptera-pyralidae
#17
Dongxu Xing, Qiong Yang, Sentai Liao, Lanzhi Han, Qingrong Li, Chaoyi Zhao, Yang Xiao, Mingqiang Ye
A new microsporidium was isolated from Chilo suppressalis (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), one of the most important rice pests in China. The morphology and molecular systematics of this novel microsporidium were described in this study. The spores were long oval and measured 3.17 × 1.64 μm on fresh smears. Ultrastructure of the spores was characteristic for the genus Nosema: a diplokaryon, 10-12 polar filament coils of the same type, and posterior vacuole. Small subunit rRNA gene sequence data and phylogenetic analysis further confirmed that the microsporidian species from C...
August 16, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815055/green-lacewings-neuroptera-chrysopidae-are-commonly-associated-with-a-diversity-of-rickettsial-endosymbionts
#18
Michael Gerth, Ronny Wolf, Christoph Bleidorn, Julia Richter, Rebekka Sontowski, Jasmin Unrein, Martin Schlegel, Axel Gruppe
BACKGROUND: Bacterial symbionts transmitted from mothers to offspring are found in the majority of arthropods. Numerous studies have illustrated their wide impact on host biology, such as reproduction, behavior, and physiology One of the most common inherited symbionts is Rickettsia spp. (Alphaproteobacteria, Rickettsiales), which are found in about one-quarter of terrestrial arthropods, as well as in other invertebrates. In insect populations, Rickettsia spp. have been reported to cause reproductive modifications and fecundity-enhancing effects...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811621/morphological-differences-of-the-reproductive-system-could-be-used-to-predict-the-optimum-grapholita-molesta-busck-control-period
#19
Zhiwei Zhang, Lina Men, Yunfei Peng, Jun Li, Angie Deng, Yuan Chen, Xianqian Liu, Ruiyan Ma
The oriental fruit moth (OFM), Grapholita molesta (Busck), is one of the dominant fruit-boring pests worldwide. In order to conduct integrated control of OFM effectively, it is important to predict the optimum control period. OFM populations have been monitored either by the number of trapped male moths exposed to sex pheromones or by the number of trapped male and female moths using food traps in orchards. The mating status and development stage of the trapped moths have not been characterized. The present paper studies the anatomical morphology of the OFM reproductive system at different development periods...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811504/complementarity-among-natural-enemies-enhances-pest-suppression
#20
Matteo Dainese, Gudrun Schneider, Jochen Krauss, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter
Natural enemies have been shown to be effective agents for controlling insect pests in crops. However, it remains unclear how different natural enemy guilds contribute to the regulation of pests and how this might be modulated by landscape context. In a field exclusion experiment in oilseed rape (OSR), we found that parasitoids and ground-dwelling predators acted in a complementary way to suppress pollen beetles, suggesting that pest control by multiple enemies attacking a pest during different periods of its occurrence in the field improves biological control efficacy...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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