International Sugar Journal

Reversing insecticide resistance with CRISPR-based ‘allelic drive’ [Full subscriber]

Treatment of fields with pesticides results in the emergence of insecticide-resistant insect pests and decreased variety of helpful bugs. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a technique that reverses insecticide resistance utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 know-how.

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Researchers demonstrate first precision breeding of sugarcane with CRISPR-Cas9 [Full subscriber]

The highly complex sugarcane genome poses challenges for conventional breeding, requiring more than a decade of trials for the development of an improved cultivar. Two recently published innovations by University of Florida researchers at the Department of Energy’s Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) demonstrated the first successful precision breeding of sugarcane by using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing — a far more targeted and efficient way to develop new varieties.

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Controlling insect pests through precision-guided genetics via CRISPR technology [Full subscriber]

Scientists at the University of California (UC) San Diego and UC Berkeley have developed a new approach to controlling disease-carrying or crop-destroying insects that uses CRISPR-Cas9-based genome editing to determine insect sex and fertility. The new technology, developed initially in fruit flies as a test case, represents a new take on sterile insect techniques (SITs) that have been used since the 1930s to mass produce and release sterile males as a strategy for eradicating insect populations.

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