Expression of an insecticidal fern protein in cotton protects against whitefly

@article{Shukla2016ExpressionOA,
  title={Expression of an insecticidal fern protein in cotton protects against whitefly},
  author={Anoop Kumar Shukla and Santosh Kumar Upadhyay and Manisha Mishra and Sharad Saurabh and Rahul Mohan Singh and Harpal Singh and Nidhika Thakur and Preeti Rai and Paras Pandey and Aradhana Lucky Hans and Subhi Srivastava and Vikram Rajapure and Sunil Kumar Yadav and Mithlesh Kumar Singh and Jitendra Kumar and K Chandrashekar and Praveen Chandra Verma and Ajit Pratap Singh and K. Narayanan Nair and Smrati Bhadauria and Muhammad Wahajuddin and Sarika Singh and Sharad Sharma and Omkar and Ram Sanmukh Upadhyay and Shirish Anand Ranade and Rakesh Kumar Tuli and Pradhyumna K. Singh},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
  year={2016},
  volume={34},
  pages={1046-1051}
}
Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) damages field crops by sucking sap and transmitting viral diseases. None of the insecticidal proteins used in genetically modified (GM) crop plants to date are effective against whitefly. We report the identification of a protein (Tma12) from an edible fern, Tectaria macrodonta (Fee) C. Chr., that is insecticidal to whitefly (median lethal concentration = 1.49 μg/ml in in vitro feeding assays) and interferes with its life cycle at sublethal doses. Transgenic cotton… 
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