Midgut bacteria required for Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal activity.

  title={Midgut bacteria required for Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal activity.},
  author={Nichole A Broderick and Kenneth F Raffa and Jo Handelsman},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 41},
Bacillus thuringiensis is the most widely applied biological insecticide and is used to manage insects that affect forestry and agriculture and transmit human and animal pathogens. This ubiquitous spore-forming bacterium kills insect larvae largely through the action of insecticidal crystal proteins and is commonly deployed as a direct bacterial spray. Moreover, plants engineered with the cry genes encoding the B. thuringiensis crystal proteins are the most widely cultivated transgenic crops… CONTINUE READING
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