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Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL INSECT CONTROL STRATEGIES BASED ON RNAI AND INSECT DETERRENT PROTEINS FOR INSECT PESTS OF CITRUS

Location: Subtropical Insects and Horticulture Research

Project Number: 6034-22320-004-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2011
End Date: Dec 31, 2015

Objective:
Molecular-based research identifying protein and RNAi molecules that have insect deterrent activity when ingested by the insect pests (Asian citrus psyllid Diaprepes, root weevil and Whitefly) of citrus.

Approach:
Use of insect bioassays and development of transgenic plants to study the activity of protein and RNAi molecules against pest insects of agriculture. Specific methods include dsRNA and peptide synthesis, mRNA and protein characterization insect feeding bioassays and development of transgenic plants.