A Standardized Lepidopteran Bioassay to Investigate the Bioactivity of Insecticidal Proteins Produced in Transgenic Crops

  • Gerson GraserEmail author
  • Frederick S. Walters
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1385)


Insecticidal bioassays are the only reliable method to investigate the biological activity of an insecticidal protein and therefore provide an essential toolkit for the characterization and potency determination of these proteins. Here we present a standardized method for a lepidopteran larval bioassay, which is optimized to specifically estimate activity of insecticidal proteins produced in transgenic plants. The treatment can be either applied to the surface of the artificial diet, or blended into the diet.


Insecticidal bioassays Larval bioassay Insecticidal proteins Diet surface assay Diet incorporation assay European corn borer (ECB) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.Research Triangle ParkUSA

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