Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 23, 2008
Publication Date: July 14, 2008
Citation: Hunter, W.B., Shatters, R.G., Hall, D.G. 2008. Fk506-binding protein from adult Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae)[abstract], The 91st Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society. July 13-16, 2008, Jupiter Inlet, Florida. p. 11. Technical Abstract: We successfully identified a new member of the FK-binding proteins from the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae). FK-binding proteins (FKBP) function in many critical pathways needed for psyllid survival. The full length mRNA transcript provides us a new genetic target for which we may be able to develop new management strategies to reduce psyllid survival. Mining the psyllid genomic data provides many new insights and products for use as insect management tools. These psyllids are vectors of the devastating disease, Huanglongbing, HLB, now affecting citrus in Florida, southern US, and in many other countries where citrus is grown. Citrus production is severely affected where HLB occurs as the yield is reduced, the fruit flavor is off, and the trees eventually die. New methods of psyllid management are needed and the importance of FK506-Binding proteins support critical biological functions thus if they can be targeted for disruption they lend themselves as genetic targets in strategies aimed at the reduction of Asian citrus psyllid populations.