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Bioactive compounds synthesized by non-ribosomal peptide synthetases and type-I polyketide synthases discovered through genome-mining and metagenomics
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Discovery of novel bioactive compounds synthesized by NRPS and PKS-I will certainly be accelerated through metagenomics, allowing the exploitation of so far untapped microbial resources in biotechnology and medicine.
Sterile insect technique and Wolbachia symbiosis as potential tools for the control of the invasive species Drosophila suzukii
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This review summarizes the current information about the biology and dispersal of D. suzukii and suggests a promising alternative avenue through the combination of these two techniques, SIT/IIT, which has been developed and is currently being tested in open-field trials against Aedes mosquito populations.
Back and forth Wolbachia transfers reveal efficient strains to control spotted wing drosophila populations
TLDR
The proof of concept that this technique can be a very promising approach to control Drosophila suzukii populations is provided and it is shown that releases of transinfected males limit population size.
A generic white pupae sex selection phenotype for insect pest control
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It is found that a CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of the wp gene leads to the rapid generation of novel white pupae strains in C. capitata and B. tryoni, and suggests that this technique can provide a generic approach to produce sexing strains in other major medical and agricultural insect pests.
Microbial diversity in biodeteriorated Greek historical documents dating back to the 19th and 20th century: A case study
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Fungal isolates such as Chalastospora gossypii and Trametes ochracea have been identified and implicated in biodeterioration of historical paper manuscripts in this study for the first time.
Combining sterile and incompatible insect techniques for the population suppression of Drosophila suzukii
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The data indicate that a SIT/IIT protocol can be a competent approach for D. suzukii management, and that wHa and wTei females as well as wHa males were sterile at this low dose.
Mass-Rearing of Drosophila suzukii for Sterile Insect Technique Application: Evaluation of Two Oviposition Systems
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Female flies kept in cages equipped with a wax panel produced significantly more eggs with higher viability and adult emergence rate, as compared to the netted oviposition system, and this system bears great promise as an effective system for the mass production of D. suzukii for SIT.
Irradiation dose response under hypoxia for the application of the sterile insect technique in Drosophila suzukii
TLDR
Hypoxia conditions can be used as part of an area-wide insect pest management program applying SIT to facilitate the protocols of packing, irradiation and shipment of sterile D. suzukii pupae.
Functional characterization of TtgABC efflux pump of the RND family in the entomopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas entomophila
TLDR
The ttgABC operon encoding an RND-type efflux pump in the P. entomophila genome was disrupted and its implication in ampicillin, chloramphenicol, streptomycin and ethidium bormide resistance was confirmed.
Genetic structure and symbiotic profile of worldwide natural populations of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata
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Genetic and symbiotic differences between natural and laboratory populations must be considered when designing AW-IPM approaches with a SIT component, since they may impact mating compatibility and mating competitiveness of the laboratory-reared males.
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