Characterization of the activity spectrum of MON 88702 and the plant-incorporated protectant Cry51Aa2.834-16

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The spectrum of insecticidal activity of Cry51Aa2.834-16 protein targeting hemipteran and thysanopteran insect pests in cotton was characterized by selecting and screening multiple pest and non-pest species, based on representation of ecological functional groups, taxonomic relatedness (e.g. relationship to species where activity was observed), and availability for effective testing. Seven invertebrate orders, comprising 12 families and 17 representative species were screened for susceptibility to Cry51Aa2.834-16 protein and/or the ability of the protein to protect against feeding damage in laboratory, controlled environments (e.g. greenhouse/growth chamber), and/or field studies when present in cotton plants. The screening results presented for Cry51Aa2.834-16 demonstrate selective and limited activity within three insect orders. Other than Orius insidiosus, no activity was observed for Cry51Aa2.834-16 against several groups of arthropods that perform key ecological roles in some agricultural ecosystems (e.g. pollinators, decomposers, and natural enemies).

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Bachman, P. M., Ahmad, A., Ahrens, J. E., Akbar, W., Baum, J. A., Brown, S., … Levine, S. L. (2017). Characterization of the activity spectrum of MON 88702 and the plant-incorporated protectant Cry51Aa2.834-16. PLoS ONE, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169409

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