Special Issue "The Insecticidal Bacterial Toxins in Modern Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: understanding the biochemical and genetic bases of insect resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins; studying the mode of action of Bt toxins; finding novel Bt strains and insecticidal protein genes for the development of Bt-based insecticides to control agricultural insect pests
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Interests: discovery of new insecticidal strains and proteins; toxicity potentiation of Cry and Vip proteins; mode of action of Cry; Vip and MTX proteins; insect genetic response to biological pesticides; bases of insect resistance to biopesticides
Increased awareness about adverse environmental effects of human activities has prompted the use of insecticides with a low impact on systems associated with agriculture. Currently, the most successful biological products are based on protein toxins from the bacterial species Bacillus thuringiensis. Because of the remarkable properties of these proteins, their encoding genes were introduced into farming species (the so-called Bt-crops) in such a way, that these plants are self-protected against some key, insect pests. Despite the fact that a relatively large number of these toxins, with different toxicity ranges, have been described, it is still important to find new resources with novel capabilities to complement, or to replace in the future, the currently-used ones. On the other hand, it is important to continue studying their modes action in susceptible insects, and the changes occurring in resistant ones, to determine the most effective strategy for long-lasting pest control. The focus of this Special Issue of Toxins is to provide updated information on the use of B. thuringiensis and their toxins on different field crops, the interactions of these toxins with other molecules, to analyze the biochemical and molecular basis of emerging cases of resistance, and, in general, to provide information that can contribute to effective pest management with these toxins.
Manuscript Submission Information
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- bacterial toxin
- Bacillus thuringiensis
- mode of action
- insect resistance
- pest management