Using comparative genomics to identify genes responsible for adaptation to environmental toxins [ 2005 - 2007 ]

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Researchers A/Prof P Batterham; Dr C Robin; Dr MH Kohn; Dr D Petrov

Brief description The US National Human Genome Research Institute has committed to sequencing the genomes of ten different Drosophila (fly) species. We will search these genomes, and two others that are already available, for genes that allow flies to cope with environmental toxins found in the plants upon which they feed and breed. These same genes have the potential to degrade many of the insecticides used to control insect pests. Hence, this research will contribute to ongoing efforts to minimize the threat to agriculture posed by the insecticide resistance that frequently evolves in pest species.

Funding Amount $280,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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