Bacillus thuringiensis and its pesticidal crystal proteins

Schnepf, E, Crickmore, N, Van Rie, J, Lereclus, D, Baum, J, Feitelson, J, Zeigler, D R and Dean, D H (1998) Bacillus thuringiensis and its pesticidal crystal proteins. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, 62 (3). pp. 775-806. ISSN 1092-2172

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Abstract

During the past decade the pesticidal bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis has been the subject of intensive research. These efforts have yielded considerable data about the complex relationships between the structure, mechanism of action, and genetics of the organism's pesticidal crystal proteins, and a coherent picture of these relationships is beginning to emerge. Other studies have focused on the ecological role of the B. thuringiensis crystal proteins, their performance in agricultural and other natural settings, and the evolution of resistance mechanisms in target pests. Armed with this knowledge base and with the tools of modem biotechnology, researchers are now reporting promising results in engineering more-useful toxins and formulations, in creating transgenic plants that express pesticidal activity, and in constructing integrated management strategies to insure that these products are utilized with maximum efficiency and benefit.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Depositing User: Neil Crickmore
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:45
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 14:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18161
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