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Premnotrypes vorax

Silvio Alejandro López-Pazos, John Wilson Martínez, Adriana Ximena Castillo, Jairo Alonso Cerón Salamanca
The Andean weevil Premnotrypes vorax represents an important cause of damage to Colombian potato crops. Due to the impact of this plague on the economy of the country, we searched for new alternatives for its biological control, based on the entomopathogenic bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. A total of 300 B. thuringiensis strains obtained from potato plantations infested with P. vorax were analyzed through crystal morphology, SDS-PAGE, PCR and bioassays. We used site-directed mutagenesis to modify the Cry3Aa protein...
December 2009: Revista de Biología Tropical
D Uribe, W Martinez, J Cerón
Colombia is a tropical country located at the north of South America. It is considered to be one of the most important countries in terms of its biodiversity worldwide. One hundred and eight soil samples obtained from agricultural crops and wild ecosystems were evaluated in terms of the presence of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) native strains. One hundred and eight different Bt strains were isolated and characterized by the presence of crystal proteins by SDS-PAGE and a multiplex PCR with general and specific primers for cry1 and cry3, cry7, and cry8 gene detection...
February 2003: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
S Gomez, A C Mateus, J Hernandez, B H Zimmermann
The Andean potato weevil, Premnotrypes vorax, an insect of the order Coleoptera, is a major cause of damage to potato crops in the Andean regions of South America. The insecticidal Cry proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis are useful biological pesticides, and some are toxic to Coleopteran insects. We overexpressed recombinant, histidine-tagged Cry3Aa protein in Escherichia coli host cells. The recombinant protein was solubilized at high pH with urea, purified using Ni(2+)-nitrilo-triacetic acid affinity resin, and dialysed to lower pH and remove urea...
December 20, 2000: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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