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Identification of molecular markers to detect insecticide resistance in Spodoptera frugiperda and Euschistus heros and the role of the insect microbiome in resistance

Grant number: 19/17215-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2019
Effective date (End): July 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Plant Health
Acordo de Cooperação: BBSRC, UKRI ; Newton Fund, with FAPESP as a partner institution in Brazil
Principal Investigator:Celso Omoto
Grantee:Antonio Rogério Bezerra do Nascimento
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/21155-6 - Understanding the evolution of insecticide resistance in Brazilian crop pests: towards effective insecticide resistance management (IRM), AP.R


Insecticide resistance represents a growing threat to the sustainability of Brazilian agriculture, and strategies to prevent, delay or overcome resistance are urgently required. The development of effective approaches to combat resistance, however, has been constrained by a lack of knowledge of the underlying mechanisms of resistance in key pests of Brazilian agri-ecosystems. The overarching aim of this stage 2 project is to address this knowledge gap by 1) exploiting new genomic and transcriptomic resources (generated in the stage 1 project) to understand the molecular basis of resistance in the neotropical brown stink bug, Euschistus heros, and the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, and 2) translate this knowledge into tools and strategies to combat resistance.

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