Transgenic Research

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 13–19 | Cite as

Transgenic Plants for Insect Pest Control: A Forward Looking Scientific Perspective

  • N. Ferry
  • M. G. Edwards
  • J. Gatehouse
  • T. Capell
  • P. Christou
  • A. M. R. Gatehouse


One of the first successes of plant biotechnology has been the creation and commercialisation of transgenic crops exhibiting resistance to major insect pests. First generation products encompassed plants with single insecticidal Bt genes with resistance against major pests of corn and cotton. Modelling studies predicted that usefulness of these resistant plants would be short-lived, as a result of the ability of insects to develop resistance against single insecticidal gene products. However, despite such dire predictions no such collapse has taken place and the acreage of transgenic insect resistance crops has been increasing at a steady rate over the 9 years since the deployment of the first transgenic insect resistant plant. However, in order to assure durability and sustainability of resistance, novel strategies have been contemplated and are being developed. This perspective addresses a number of potentially useful strategies to assure the longevity of second and third generation insect resistant plants.


durable insect pest resistance sustainability transgenic crops 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Ferry
    • 1
  • M. G. Edwards
    • 1
  • J. Gatehouse
    • 2
  • T. Capell
    • 3
  • P. Christou
    • 3
  • A. M. R. Gatehouse
    • 1
  1. 1.School of BiologyUniversity of Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneUK
  2. 2.School of Biological and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  3. 3.Departament de Produccio Vegetal I Ciencia ForestalUniversitat de Lleida, ICREALleidaSpain

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