RNA interference of an antimicrobial peptide, Btdef, reduces Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus accumulation in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci.

@article{Wang2017RNAIO,
  title={RNA interference of an antimicrobial peptide, Btdef, reduces Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus accumulation in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci.},
  author={Zhi-zhi Wang and Xiao-Li Bing and Shu-Sheng Liu and Xue-xin Chen},
  journal={Pest management science},
  year={2017},
  volume={73 7},
  pages={
          1421-1427
        }
}
BACKGROUND The whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) is considered one of the main pests for agriculture. One important problem with the whitefly is its notorious status as a vector for plant viruses, primarily begomoviruses. We have previously identified a defensin-like antimicrobial peptide, Btdef, from the whitefly B. tabaci MEAM1. However, the function of Btdef in the immune system of the insect vector and begomovirus transmission has yet to be explored. RESULTS To explore the role of Btdef… CONTINUE READING