Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 313–321

Genetically improved potatoes: protection from damage by Colorado potato beetles


  • Frederick J. Perlak
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
  • Terry B. Stone
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
  • Yvonne M. Muskopf
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
  • Lisa J. Petersen
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
  • Gregory B. Parker
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
  • Sylvia A. McPherson
    • Center for Aids ResearchUniversity of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Jeff Wyman
    • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stephen Love
    • University of Idaho Research and Extension Center
  • Gary Reed
    • Hermiston Agricultural Research CenterOregon State University
  • Duane Biever
    • Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory,USDA-ARS
  • David A. Fischhoff
    • The Agricultural GroupMonsanto Company
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00014938

Cite this article as:
Perlak, F.J., Stone, T.B., Muskopf, Y.M. et al. Plant Mol Biol (1993) 22: 313. doi:10.1007/BF00014938


Russet Burbank potato plants have been genetically improved to resist insect attack and damage by Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say)) by the insertion of a cryIIIA gene encoding the insect control protein of Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis. A modified gene that dramatically improved plant expression of this protein was utilized. Its expression in Russet Burbank potato plants resulted in protection from damage by all insect stages in the laboratory and in dramatic levels of protection at multiple field locations. Analysis of these genetically modified potatoes indicated that they conform to the standards for Russet Burbank potatoes in terms of agronomic and quality characteristics including taste.

Key words

Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionisColorado potato beetleinsect controlintegrated pest managementtransgenic plants
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