Toxins Research

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Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology



Development of Novel DNA-Based Methods for Detection of Bt Resistant Fall Armyworms, 5/31/2018


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Beef Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennesseeís number one farm commodity - and herd reproductive health is critical. UTís Institute of Agriculture is working on research to boost cattle pregnancy rates.


Recent Publications

Arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication Castagnola. A., J. Jackson, O. P. Perera, C. Oppert, S. Eda, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  PeerJ, 5:e3886. [Abstract]

Specificity determinants for Cry insecticidal proteins: Insights from their mode of action Jurat-Fuentes, J. L., and N. Crickmore.  2017.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 142: 5-10. [Abstract]

Herbicide and insect resistance Bt cotton pollen assessment finds no detrimental effects on adult honey bees Niu, L., W. Ma, C. Lei, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and L. Chen.  2017.  Environmental Pollution, 230: 479-485. [Abstract]

Intestinal regeneration as an insect resistance mechanism to entomopathogenic bacteria.  Castagnola, A., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2016.  Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 15, June 2016, Pages 104-110. [Abstract]

Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Bacteria Glare, T., J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and M. O'Callaghan.  2016.  Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: from theory to practice, Chapter IV Lerry Lacey, Editor Academic Press. [Abstract]

Editorial overview: Pests and resistance: Resistance to Bt toxins in transgenic crops Siegfried, B., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2016.  Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 15, 1 June 2016, Pages iv-vi.

MAPK Signaling Pathway Alters Expression of Midgut ALP and ABCC Genes and Causes Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac Toxin in Diamondback Moth Guo, Z., S. Kang, D. Chen, Q. Wu, S. Wang, W. Xie, X. Zhu, S. Baxter, X. Zhou, J. Jurat-Fuentes, and Y. Zhang.  2015.  PLoS Genetics, e1005124. [Abstract]

Field-evolved Mode 1 fall armyworm resistance to Bt corn associated with reduced Cry1Fa toxin binding and midgut alkaline phosphatase expression Jakka, S. R. K., L. Gong, J. Hasler, J. Banerjee, J. J. Sheets, K. Narva, C. A. Blanco, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology. [Abstract]

Identification of a New cry1I-Type Gene as a Candidate for Gene Pyramiding in Corn To Control Ostrinia Species Larvae Zhao, C., J. Jurat-Fuentes, H. Abdelgaffar, H. Pan, F. Song, and J. Zhang.  2015.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 81 (11): 3699-3705. [Abstract]

Diversity of Bacillus thuringiensis crystal toxins and mechanism of action Adang, M., N. Crickmore, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2014.  Advances in Insect Physiology, Invited review, edited by T. Dhadialla and S. Gill Vol. 47: Insect Midgut and Insecticidal Proteins pp. 39-87. [Abstract]

Binding Site Concentration Explains the Differential Susceptibility of Chilo suppressalis and Sesamia inferens to Cry1A-Producing Rice Han, L., C. Han, Z. Liu, F. Chen, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, M. Hou, and Y. Peng.  2014.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80(16): 5134-5140. [Abstract]

Cry toxin binding site models and their use in strategies to delay resistance evolution.  Jakka, S., J. Ferre, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2014.  CABI: Bt resistance: Molecular characterization and strategies for preserving effectiveness, Chapter 13. [Abstract]