Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/16/2014
Publication Date: 8/14/2014
Citation: Oppert, B.S., Rasoolizadeh, A., Michaud, D. 2014. The Coleopteran gut and targets for pest control. Book Chapter. In: Hoffman, K.H., editor. Insect Molecular Biology and Ecology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). p. 291-317. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: With the advent of high throughput sequencing and proteomic technologies, new strategies are now available for the design of new control approaches for the most problematic pests. While beetles constitute the most diverse order of insects and are well-represented in the list of agriculturally-important problematic pests, only two coleopteran species, Tribolium castaneum and Dendroctonus ponderosae, have annotated sequenced genomes, which severely limits functional genomics studies. Here we propose that the application of these advanced technologies to the study of the coleopteran gut can result in the rapid identification of new biological targets for pest control. We review the current literature, and provide examples of how transcriptomics and proteomics have accelerated the discovery of new targets in the gut of two of the most problematic coleopteran pests, Tribolium castaneum and Leptinotarsa decemlineata.