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Transgenic plants for insect pest control: a forward looking scientific perspective

Ferry, N, Edwards, M, Gatehouse, J, Capell, T, Christou, P and Gatehouse, A 2006, 'Transgenic plants for insect pest control: a forward looking scientific perspective' , Transgenic research, 15 (1) , pp. 13-9.

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One of the first successes of plant biotechnology has been the creation and commercialisation of transgenic crops exhibiting resistance to major insect pests. First generation products encompassed plants with single insecticidal Bt genes with resistance against major pests of corn and cotton. Modelling studies predicted that usefulness of these resistant plants would be short-lived, as a result of the ability of insects to develop resistance against single insecticidal gene products. However, despite such dire predictions no such collapse has taken place and the acreage of transgenic insect resistance crops has been increasing at a steady rate over the 9 years since the deployment of the first transgenic insect resistant plant. However, in order to assure durability and sustainability of resistance, novel strategies have been contemplated and are being developed. This perspective addresses a number of potentially useful strategies to assure the longevity of second and third generation insect resistant plants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: durable insect pest resistance, sustainability, transgenic crops
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Transgenic research
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0962-8819
Depositing User: Dr Natalie Ferry
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 13:55
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:11

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