Insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis protect corn from corn rootworms

@article{Moellenbeck2001InsecticidalPF,
  title={Insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis protect corn from corn rootworms},
  author={D. Moellenbeck and M. Peters and J. Bing and Jim R. Rouse and L. Higgins and Lynn Sims and T. Nevshemal and Lisa Marshall and R. T. Ellis and P. Bystrak and B. Lang and James L. Stewart and K. Kouba and Valerie Sondag and V. Gustafson and Katy E. Nour and Deping Xu and J. Swenson and J. Zhang and T. Czapla and G. Schwab and S. Jayne and B. Stockhoff and K. Narva and H. E. Schnepf and S. J. Stelman and C. Poutr{\'e} and M. Koziel and N. Duck},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
  year={2001},
  volume={19},
  pages={668-672}
}
Field tests of corn co-expressing two new delta-endotoxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have demonstrated protection from root damage by western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte). The level of protection exceeds that provided by chemical insecticides. In the bacterium, these proteins form crystals during the sporulation phase of the growth cycle, are encoded by a single operon, and have molecular masses of 14 kDa and 44 kDa. Corn rootworm larvae fed on corn roots… Expand

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