Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 313–321 | Cite as

Genetically improved potatoes: protection from damage by Colorado potato beetles

  • Frederick J. Perlak
  • Terry B. Stone
  • Yvonne M. Muskopf
  • Lisa J. Petersen
  • Gregory B. Parker
  • Sylvia A. McPherson
  • Jeff Wyman
  • Stephen Love
  • Gary Reed
  • Duane Biever
  • David A. Fischhoff
Research Article

Abstract

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. tenebrionis Colorado potato beetle insect control integrated pest management transgenic plants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick J. Perlak
    • 1
  • Terry B. Stone
    • 1
  • Yvonne M. Muskopf
    • 1
  • Lisa J. Petersen
    • 1
  • Gregory B. Parker
    • 1
  • Sylvia A. McPherson
    • 2
  • Jeff Wyman
    • 3
  • Stephen Love
    • 4
  • Gary Reed
    • 5
  • Duane Biever
    • 6
  • David A. Fischhoff
    • 1
  1. 1.The Agricultural GroupMonsanto CompanyChesterfieldUSA
  2. 2.Center for Aids ResearchUniversity of Alabama-BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  4. 4.University of Idaho Research and Extension CenterAberdeenUSA
  5. 5.Hermiston Agricultural Research CenterOregon State UniversityHermistonUSA
  6. 6.Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory,USDA-ARSYakimaUSA

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