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Symbiont-Mediated Gene Silencing in Western Flower Thrips

Paul Dyson and colleagues at the Institute of Life Science at Swansea University in the United Kingdom will investigate the potential to exploit the symbiotic gut bacteria of the Western Flower Thrips to deliver interfering RNA that will disable the larvae of this major agricultural pest. Systemic prolonged gene silencing in thrips could be used as an innovative biocontrol strategy and a valuable research tool.

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