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Genes for the potential control of Diaphorina citri through gene silencing

Grant number: 18/24234-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2019
Effective date (End): August 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Fernando Luis Cônsoli
Grantee:Flavia de Moura Manoel Bento
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/07011-3 - Biotechnological approaches to the control of citrus huanglongbing using transgenic plants, AP.TEM


The difficulties in managing the citrus greening require the development of alternative technologies for controlling this disease. In this project we aim to identify and characterize essential metabolic pathways in the process of host- pathogen interaction, which favor the processes of invasion, infection and multiplication of Liberibacter asiaticus in its vector Diaphorina citri. The identification of such pathways will allow the targetting of new genes using the RNA interfering technology and the enhancement of technques for dsRNA delivery.