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Title: In silico designing of insecticidal small interfering RNA (siRNA) for Helicoverpa armigera control
Authors: Choudhary, Meenakshi
Sahi, Shakti
Keywords: Cotton bollworm;RNAi;Hormones;IPM;Gene silencing
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Helicoverpa armigera, a polyphagous lepidopteron insect pest causes severe yield loss in cotton, legumes, tomato, okra and other crops. Application of chemical pesticides although effective, has human health and environmental safety concerns. Moreover, development of resistance against most of the available pesticides is compelling to look for alternative strategies. Adoption of Bt transgenic crops have resulted in reduction in pesticide consumption and increasing crop productivity. However, sustainability of Bt transgenic crops is threatened by the emergence of insect resistance. In the present study potential insecticidal siRNA were identified in six H. armigera hormonal pathway genes. Out of over 2000 computationally identified siRNA, 16 most promising siRNA were selected that address the biosafety concerns and have high potential of targeted gene silencing. These siRNA will be useful for chemical synthesis, in insect feeding assays and knockdown the target H. armigera hormone biosynthesis, consequently obstructing the completion of insect life cycle. The siRNA have a great potential of deployment to control H. armigera alone as well as with Bt for insect resistance management.
Page(s): 469-474
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.49(06) [June 2011]

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