Leptinotarsa decimlineata

Genetic Dissection of RNAi in the Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata

RNAi works well in beetles, in general, and why that is is not all that clear but Yoon et al. (2016) have begun to identify key genetic contributors in their recent paper in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  The authors […]

RNAi in Beetles and Leps – Why the Difference?

It is well established that the RNAi response of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera differ greatly but less is known about the basis for these differences.  Skukla et al (2016) systematically investigated this question and report their insights in a recent paper […]

Plastid Mediated RNAi: A Novel Insecticidal Tool

Recently, Zhang et al demonstrated a robust and promising way of controlling the devastating solanaceous crops insect pest, Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata; CPB), using a modified strategy for delivering plant mediated RNAi. Increasing insect herbivores’ resistance to plant defense mechanisms […]