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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770337/overexpression-of-biologically-safe-rorippa-indica-defensin-enhances-aphid-tolerance-in-brassica-juncea
#1
Poulami Sarkar, Kuladip Jana, Samir Ranjan Sikdar
Transgenic mustard plants ( Brassica juncea ) expressing non-allergenic and biologically safe RiD peptide show higher tolerance against Lipaphis erysimi. Rorippa indica defensin (RiD) has previously been reported as a novel insecticidal protein derived from a wild crucifer Rorippa indica. RiD was found to have an effective insecticidal property against mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi. In the present study, RiD was highly upregulated in R. indica during aphid infestation initiating a defense system mediated by jasmonic acid (JA), but not by salicylic acid (SA)/abscisic acid (ABA)...
August 2, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766724/a-methodology-based-on-insecticide-impregnated-filter-paper-for-monitoring-resistance-to-deltamethrin-in-triatoma-infestans-field-populations
#2
C Remón, P Lobbia, E Zerba, G Mougabure-Cueto
The domiciliary presence of Triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) after control interventions was reported in recent years. Toxicological studies showed high levels of resistance to pyrethroids suggesting resistance as one of the main causes of deficient control. The aim of the present study was to develop a protocol to test resistance to deltamethrin in T. infestans collected from the field by discriminate concentration. To evaluate field insects, the effect of age (early vs. later) and nutritional state (starved vs...
August 2, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753233/knockout-of-a-p-glycoprotein-gene-increases-susceptibility-to-abamectin-and-emamectin-benzoate-in-spodoptera-exigua
#3
Y-Y Zuo, J-L Huang, J Wang, Y Feng, T-T Han, Y-D Wu, Y-H Yang
P-glycoprotein [P-gp or the ATP-binding cassette transporter B1 (ABCB1)] is an important participant in multidrug resistance of cancer cells, yet the precise function of this arthropod transporter is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the importance of P-gp for susceptibility to insecticides in the beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) gene-editing technology. We cloned an open reading frame (ORF) encoding the S...
July 28, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752548/insecticide-resistance-associated-mechanisms-and-fitness-aspects-in-two-brazilian-stegomyia-aegypti-%C3%A2-aedes-aegypti-populations
#4
P F Viana-Medeiros, D F Bellinato, A J Martins, D Valle
In Brazil, insecticide resistance in Stegomyia aegypti (= Aedes aegypti) (Diptera: Culicidae) populations to pyrethroids and to the organophosphate (OP) temephos is disseminated. Currently, insect growth regulators (IGRs) and the OP malathion are employed against larvae and adults, respectively. Bioassays with mosquitoes from two northeast municipalities, Crato and Aracaju, revealed, in both populations, susceptibility to IGRs and malathion (RR95  ≤ 2.0), confirming the effectiveness of these compounds...
July 28, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725142/rhanterium-epapposum-oliv-essential-oil-chemical-composition-and-antimicrobial-insect-repellent-and-anticholinesterase-activities
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Betul Demirci, Hasan Soliman Yusufoglu, Nurhayat Tabanca, Halide Edip Temel, Ulrich R Bernier, Natasha M Agramonte, Saleh Ibrahim Alqasoumi, Adnan Jathlan Al-Rehaily, Kemal Husnu Can Başer, Fatih Demirci
The essential oil (EO) of the aerial parts of Rhanterium epapposum Oliv. (Asteraceae), was obtained by hydrodistillation. The oil was subsequently analyzed by both GC-FID and GC-MS, simultaneously. Forty-five components representing 99.2% of the oil composition were identified. The most abundant compounds were camphene (38.5%), myrcene (17.5%), limonene (10.1%) and α-pinene (8.7%). Referring to the ethnobotanical utilization, an insecticidal assay was performed, where the oil repelled the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti L...
July 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719628/salt-tolerant-and-sensitive-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-cultivars-have-large-variations-in-defense-responses-to-the-lepidopteran-insect-spodoptera-litura-under-normal-and-salt-stress-condition
#6
Yunting Lei, Qing Liu, Christian Hettenhausen, Guoyan Cao, Qing Tan, Weiye Zhao, Honghui Lin, Jianqiang Wu
In nature, plants are often exposed to multiple stress factors at the same time. Yet, little is known about how plants modulate their physiology to counteract simultaneous abiotic and biotic stresses, such as soil salinity and insect herbivory. In this study, insect performance bioassays, phytohormone measurements, quantification of transcripts, and protein determination were employed to study the phenotypic variations of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars in response to insect Spodoptera litura feeding under normal and salt stress condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710552/the-african-froghopper-ptyelus-flavescens-suborder-cicadomorpha-contains-two-novel-and-one-known-peptides-of-the-adipokinetic-hormone%C3%A2-akh-family-structure-function-and-comparison-with-aphid-akh-suborder-sternorrhyncha
#7
Gerd Gäde, Petr Šimek, Heather G Marco
The rationale of "green pesticides" in food security is to use information about endogenous hormones of pest insects to make peptide mimetics that will act against the pest insects to alter their behaviour or physiology, while taking care not to harm beneficial insects or other organisms in the food chain. Such "green" insecticides are designed thus, on the basis of neuropeptide ligand-receptor interaction and it is of paramount interest to have finally a mimetic at hand that is harmful only to pest insects...
July 14, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705395/targeted-disruption-of-the-polyketide-synthase-gene-pks15-affects-virulence-against-insects-and-phagocytic-survival-in-the-fungus-beauveria-bassiana
#8
Wachiraporn Toopaang, Suranat Phonghanpot, Juntira Punya, Cheerapha Panyasiri, Kewarin Klamchao, Rudsamee Wasuwan, Chettida Srisuksam, Duangjai Sangsrakru, Chutima Sonthirod, Sithichoke Tangphatsornruang, Morakot Tanticharoen, Alongkorn Amnuaykanjanasin
The reducing clade III polyketide synthase genes, including pks15, are highly conserved among entomopathogenic fungi. To examine the function of pks15, we used targeted disruption to investigate the impact of Beauveria bassiana pks15 on insect pathogenesis. Southern analysis verified that the Δpks15 mutant was disrupted by a single integration of the transformation cassette at the pks15 locus. The Δpks15 mutant had a slight reduction in radial growth, and it produced fewer spores. Our insect bioassays indicated the Δpks15 mutant to be significantly reduced in virulence against beet armyworms compared to wild type (WT), which could be partially accounted for by its markedly decreased ability to survive phagocytosis...
August 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701652/electrochemical-synthesis-of-dihydrobenzofurans-and-evaluation-of-their-insect-antifeedant-activities
#9
Masanori Morimoto, Masamitsu Urakawa, Koichiro Komai
Electrochemically synthesized dihydrobenzofurans were evaluated for their insect antifeedant activities against phytophagous insects. They were prepared through the coupling reactions of various alkenes with a phenoxy cation generated by oxidation near the cathode in the electrolytic reaction. The insect antifeedant activities of these synthetic dihydrobenzofurans were evaluated in the common cutworm (Spodoptera litura) and diamond back moth (Plutella xylostella) with the dual choice leaf disk bioassay method...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700639/the-effects-of-ingestion-of-hormonal-host-factors-on-the-longevity-and-insecticide-resistance-phenotype-of-the-major-malaria-vector-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae
#10
Shüné V Oliver, Basil D Brooke
Exogenous vertebrate-derived factors circulating in the blood have the capacity to modulate the biology of haematophagous insects. These include insulin, insulin growth factor 1 (IGF) and transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ). The effects of the consumption of these three proteins were examined on laboratory strains of Anopheles arabiensis. SENN, an insecticide susceptible strain and SENN DDT, a resistant strain selected from SENN, were fed with host factor-supplemented sucrose. Adult longevity was measured and insecticide resistance phenotype over time was assessed by WHO bioassay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699724/toxicity-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry2ab-and-the-inheritance-of-cry2ab-resistance-in-the-pink-bollworm-pectinophora-gossypiella-saunders
#11
P A Malthankar, G T Gujar
Though the insecticidal crystal (Cry) proteins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are effective against insect pests, evolution of resistance remains an issue of great concern. Here, we explored the ability of pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossypiella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), a key pest of cotton, to evolve resistance to Cry2Ab and characterized it in terms of inheritance. Sixteen day bioassay of Bt Cry2Ab toxin against 5-day old pink bollworm larvae showed median lethal concentration (LC(50)) ranging 0...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695387/the-role-of-leaf-volatiles-of-ludwigia-octovalvis-jacq-raven-in-the-attraction-of-altica-cyanea-weber-coleoptera-chrysomelidae
#12
Saubhik Mitra, Amarnath Karmakar, Abhishek Mukherjee, Anandamay Barik
Larvae and adults of Altica cyanea (Weber) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) feed on the rice-field weed Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) Raven (Onagraceae), commonly known as willow primrose, which is considered a biocontrol agent of the weed. Volatile organic compounds from undamaged plants, plants after 4, 12, and 36 h of continuous feeding by A. cyanea larvae or adult females and after mechanical damaging were identified by GC-MS and GC-FID analyses. Twenty nine compounds were identified from undamaged plants. 2Z-Penten-1-ol, geraniol, and 1-tridecanol were present in all plants damaged by larvae...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685236/engineered-cry1ac-cry9aa-hybrid-bacillus-thuringiensis-delta-endotoxin-with-improved-insecticidal-activity-against-helicoverpa-armigera
#13
Jigar V Shah, Rakeshkumar Yadav, Sanjay S Ingle
Recombinant Bt construct was prepared by exchange of pore forming domain I with cry1Ac to cry9Aa gene by overlap extension PCR (OE-PCR) technique. Construction of cry1Ac-cry9Aa was accomplished by six base pair homology at 3' ends of PCR products of domain I of cry1Ac and domain II and III of cry9Aa. The recombinant toxin was also modified by deletion of N-terminal alpha helix-1 of recombinant toxin. Both Cry toxins were expressed in E. coli BL21(DE3) plysS and purified by His-tag purification. Upon insect bioassay analysis against devastating crop pest Helicoverpa armigera, toxicity of recombinant toxin was found around fivefold higher than native Cry1Ac while alpha helix-1 deleted N-terminal modified toxin did not resulted in significant increase in toxicity...
July 6, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684723/screening-and-validation-of-highly-efficient-insecticidal-conotoxins-from-a-transcriptome-based-dataset-of-chinese-tubular-cone-snail
#14
Bingmiao Gao, Chao Peng, Bo Lin, Qin Chen, Junqing Zhang, Qiong Shi
Most previous studies have focused on analgesic and anti-cancer activities for the conotoxins identified from piscivorous and molluscivorous cone snails, but little attention has been devoted to insecticidal activity of conotoxins from the dominant vermivorous species. As a representative vermivorous cone snail, the Chinese tubular cone snail (Conus betulinus) is the dominant Conus species inhabiting the South China Sea. We sequenced related venom transcriptomes from C. betulinus using both the next-generation sequencing and traditional Sanger sequencing technologies, and a comprehensive library of 215 conotoxin transcripts was constructed...
July 6, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669775/investigation-of-the-contribution-of-ryr-target-site-mutations-in-diamide-resistance-by-crispr-cas9-genome-modification-in-drosophila
#15
Vassilis Douris, Kyriaki-Maria Papapostolou, Aris Ilias, Emmanuel Roditakis, Styliani Kounadi, Maria Riga, Ralf Nauen, John Vontas
Diamide insecticides are used widely against lepidopteran pests, acting as potent activators of insect Ryanodine Receptors (RyRs) and thus inducing muscle contraction and eventually death. However, resistant phenotypes have recently evolved in the field, associated with the emergence of target site resistance mutations (G4946E/V and I4790M). We investigated the frequency of the mutations found in a resistant population of Tuta absoluta from Greece (G4946V ~79% and I4790M ~21%) and the associated diamide resistance profile: there are very high levels of resistance against chlorantraniliprole (9329-fold) and flubendiamide (4969-fold), but moderate levels against cyantraniliprole (191-fold)...
August 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655338/tapping-the-biotechnological-potential-of-insect-microbial-symbionts-new-insecticidal-porphyrins
#16
Ana Flávia Canovas Martinez, Luís Gustavo de Almeida, Luiz Alberto Beraldo Moraes, Fernando Luís Cônsoli
BACKGROUND: The demand for sustainable agricultural practices and the limited progress toward newer and safer chemicals for use in pest control maintain the impetus for research and identification of new natural molecules. Natural molecules are preferable to synthetic organic molecules because they are biodegradable, have low toxicity, are often selective and can be applied at low concentrations. Microbes are one source of natural insecticides, and microbial insect symbionts have attracted attention as a source of new bioactive molecules because these microbes are exposed to various selection pressures in their association with insects...
June 27, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647840/interaction-of-ferulic-acid-with-glutathione-s-transferase-and-carboxylesterase-genes-in-the-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens
#17
Jun Yang, Xiao-Qin Sun, Shu-Ying Yan, Wen-Jun Pan, Mao-Xin Zhang, Qing-Nian Cai
Plant phenolics are crucial defense phytochemicals against herbivores and glutathione S-transferase (GST) and carboxylesterase (CarE) in herbivorous insects are well-known detoxification enzymes for such xenobiotics. To understand relationship between a plant phenolic and herbivore GST or CarE genes, we evaluated the relationship between a rice phenolic ferulic acid and resistance to brown planthopper (BPH, Nilaparvata lugens), and investigated the interaction of ferulic acid with GST or CarE genes in BPH. The results indicate that ferulic acid content in tested rice varieties was highly associated with resistance to BPH...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631341/evaluation-of-flubendiamide-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-metabolic-changes-in-helicoverpa-armigera-hubner
#18
Bharat Nareshkumar, Shaik Mohammad Akbar, Hari Chand Sharma, Senigala K Jayalakshmi, Kuruba Sreeramulu
Phthalic acid diamide insecticides are the most effective insecticides used against most of the lepidopteran pests including Helicoverpa armigera, a polyphagous pest posing threat to several crops worldwide. The present studies were undertaken to understand different target sites and their interaction with insect ryanodine receptors (RyR). Bioassays indicated that flubendiamide inhibited the larval growth in dose-dependent manner with LD50 value of 0.72 μM, and at 0.8 μM larval growth decreased by about 88%...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627124/cross-resistance-to-purified-bt-proteins-bt-corn-and-bt-cotton-in-a-cry2ab2-corn-resistant-strain-of-spodoptera-frugiperda
#19
Fei Yang, David L Kerns, Graham P Head, Paula Price, Fangneng Huang
BACKGROUND: Gene-pyramiding by combining two or more dissimilar Bt proteins into a crop has been used to delay insect resistance. The durability of gene-pyramiding can be reduced by cross-resistance. Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a major target pest of the Cry2Ab2 protein used in pyramided Bt corn and cotton. Here, we provide the first experimental evaluation of cross-resistance in S. frugiperda selected with Cry2Ab2 corn to multiple Bt sources including purified Bt proteins, Bt corn and Bt cotton...
June 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625782/complex-sexual-deception-in-an-orchid-is-achieved-by-co-opting-two-independent-biosynthetic-pathways-for-pollinator-attraction
#20
Haiyang Xu, Björn Bohman, Darren C J Wong, Claudia Rodriguez-Delgado, Adrian Scaffidi, Gavin R Flematti, Ryan D Phillips, Eran Pichersky, Rod Peakall
Sexually deceptive orchids lure their specific male pollinators using volatile semiochemicals that mimic female sex pheromones. To date, the semiochemicals known to be involved consist of blends of chemically and biosynthetically related compounds. In contrast, we report that (S)-β-citronellol and 2-hydroxy-6-methylacetophenone, two biosynthetically distinct compounds, are the active semiochemicals in Caladenia plicata, which is pollinated by male Zeleboria sp. thynnine wasps. They are also sex pheromone components of the female Zeleboria...
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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