Paradigm Shifts in Research on Host Plant Resistance to Insect Pests

Dhillon, M K and Sharma, H C (2012) Paradigm Shifts in Research on Host Plant Resistance to Insect Pests. Indian Journal of Plant Protection, 40 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0253-4355

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Conventional breeding in conjunction with molecular techniques and transgenic approaches have a great promise to reduce pest associated crop losses, and accelerate the progress in developing cultivars with resistance to insects. Although, considerable progress has been made over the past two decades in manipulating genes from diverse sources to develop plants with resistance to insect pests, deployment of molecular techniques for insect resistance, understand nature of gene action and metabolic pathways, but rapid and cost effective development and adoption of biotechnology-derived products will depend on developing a full understanding on the interaction of genes within their genomic environment, and with the environment in which their conferred phenotype interact. A good beginning has been made in developing genetic linkage maps of many crops, but the accuracy and precision of phenotyping for resistance to insect pests remains a critical constraint in many crops. Improved phenotyping systems will have substantial impact on both conventional and biotechnological approaches to breed for resistance to insect pests, in addition to the more strategic research that feeds into these endeavors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Host plant resistance, insect pests, molecular markers, genetic transformation, gene pyramiding, RNAi
Subjects: Others > Entomology
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 03:53
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 02:50
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