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The Genetic Improvement of Entomopathogenic Nematodes and Their Symbiont Bacteria: Phenotypic Targets, Genetic Limitations and an Assessment of Possible Hazards

Burnell, Ann M. and Dowds, Barbara C.A. (1996) The Genetic Improvement of Entomopathogenic Nematodes and Their Symbiont Bacteria: Phenotypic Targets, Genetic Limitations and an Assessment of Possible Hazards. Biocontrol Science and Technology, 6. pp. 435-447.

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Abstract

The methodologies of classical genetics and genetic engineering can be used for the genetic improvement of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) and their symbiont bacteria. Many of the complex behavioural and physiological traits which are targets for genetic improvement are likely to be controlled polygenically, thus selective breeding for improvements to these traits would be appropriate. Much basic research needs to be carried out before researchers will be able to effect improvements to EPNs and their symbionts by genetic engineering. There is a lack of basic information on the genetics and biochemistry of the characteristics that might be altered by transgenic methods in EPNs, and their bacteria, and existing transfomzation protocols need to be made more effective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Selective breeding; mutagenesis; genetic engineering; pathogenicity; anhydrobiosis; host specijicity; phase variation; biological containment;
Subjects: Science & Engineering > Biology
Item ID: 188
Depositing User: Prof. Ann Burnell
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2005
Journal or Publication Title: Biocontrol Science and Technology
Publisher: Journals Oxford Ltd.
Refereed: Yes
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