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Exploration of next generation sequencing techniques (NGS) for the identification of molecular markers for monitoring the resistance of Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to insecticides and Bt proteins

Grant number: 14/26212-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2015
Effective date (End): May 20, 2018
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Celso Omoto
Grantee:Antonio Rogério Bezerra do Nascimento
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/16266-7 - Population genomics: a new approach for studies of speciation in insects due to host use applied to the development of sustainable strategies of IPM, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):16/09159-0 - Mapping and quantitative trait locus (QTLs) associated with resistance to insecticides and Bt toxin in Spodoptera frugiperda (J. e. Smith), BE.EP.DR


Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is a native polyphagous species of tropical regions of the Americas. In Brazil, this insect is considered the most destructive pest and it is responsible for major economic losses in corn, in addition showing damage in soybean, cotton, rice and sorghum. The high number of insecticides applications and the widespread adoption of genetically modified plants expressing Bacillus thuringiensis proteins (Berliner) (Bt plants), have elevated significantly in the selection pressure on S. frugiperda, culminating in the evolution of resistance to various insecticides including Bt proteins, raising concern about the possible population outbreaks of this pest resulting in failures in control, promoting environmental imbalance and compromising agribusiness. As a result it is necessary to expand the knowledge about complex adaptive phenomena such as resistance to these compounds as well as the need for technologies that enable proactive management of resistance of S. frugiperda to insecticides and Bt proteins. Thus, this proposal aims to use next-generation sequencing technologies (NGS) to generate knowledge in a molecular level of genetic patterns associated with S. frugiperda resistance to insecticides and Bt plants, identifying possible genetic markers capable of providing relevant information about processes evolution resulting from selective pressure associated with these compounds, thus offering new tools for the identification of resistant individuals and the monitoring of S. frugiperda to some insecticides and Bt proteins. (AU)

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CORDEIRO, ERICK M. G.; PANTOJA-GOMEZ, LAURA M.; DE PAIVA, JULIA B.; NASCIMENTO, ANTONIO R. B.; OMOTO, CELSO; MICHEL, ANDREW P.; CORREA, ALBERTO S. Hybridization and introgression between Helicoverpa armigera and H. zea: an adaptational bridge. BMC Evolutionary Biology, v. 20, n. 1 MAY 25 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
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NASCIMENTO, Antonio Rogério Bezerra do. Exploiting next generation sequencing techniques (NGS) to identify molecular markers for monitoring the resistance of Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to insecticides and Bt proteins. 2018. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz Piracicaba.

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