Potential Application of CRISPR/Cas9 to Control Insect Pests

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Big Basin (Manhattan Conference Center)
Sanjay Basnet , Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Shripat Kamble , Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Insect genome engineering is significant for gene functional analysis and development of novel insect control approaches. The cutting edge discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing has been successfully demonstrated to knock out genes of interest in different model organisms including Drosophila spp. Demonstration of CRISPR/Cas9 to study functional genomics of insects has opened a new window towards environmentally friendly insect pest management. CRISPR/Cas9 based approach for insect control as well as prevention of diseases in beneficial insects will be discussed. The poster will further focus on pros and cons of using CRISPR/Cas9 for the insect pest management.
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