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RNAi-mediate gene silencing of the brown stink bug Euschistus heros for pest control in soybean crop

Grant number: 18/23606-5
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2019 - November 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Principal researcher:Henrique Marques Barbosa de Souza
Grantee:Henrique Marques Barbosa de Souza
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Food production in the world is reduced by about 30 to 40 due to pests and diseases, resulting in about US430 billions loss. The most frequently used control methods are chemical molecules that result in unwanted consequences such as pest and pathogen resistance against the molecules, environmental consequences and negative impact in human and other animal' health. RNAi-based pest control is a new concept being developed by several public and private research centers and represents a technology able to target specific pests and diseases, without most of the unwanted consequences brought by chemical molecules used nowadays. The aim of this project is to identify candidate genes for the controle of the soybean stink bug Euschistus heros through RNAi, for the development of silencing molecules that confer resistance to soybean agains this important agricultural pest. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DIEHL, OTAVIO J.; ASSANO, PATRICIA K.; DA COSTA, THIAGO RONCINI G.; OLIVEIRA, RHAUL; MARQUES-SOUZA, HENRIQUE; UMBUZEIRO, GISELA DE A.. Antenna regeneration as an ecotoxicological endpoint in a marine amphipod: a proof of concept using dimethyl sulfoxide and diflubenzuron. ECOTOXICOLOGY, v. 30, n. 4, p. 751-755, . (12/09602-0, 18/23606-5, 18/03108-0)
C. MAKTURA, GRAZIELLE; J. PARANHOS, BEATRIZ; MARQUES-SOUZA, HENRIQUE. RNAi in fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae): Successes and challenges. Journal of Applied Entomology, v. 145, n. 8, p. 740-756, . (18/23606-5)

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