Protection from UV-B damage of mosquito larvicidal toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis expressed in Anabaena PCC 7120

Robert Manasherob, Eitan Ben-Dov, Wu Xiaoqiang, Sammy Boussiba, Arieh Zaritsky

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Abstract

A transgenic strain of the nitrogen-fixing filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena PCC 7120 protected expressed δ-endotoxin proteins of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis from damage inflicted by UV-B, a sunlight component that penetrates Earth's ozone layer. This organism, which serves as a food source to mosquito larvae and could multiply in their breeding sites, may solve the environment-imposed limitations of B. thuringiensis subsp. israelensis as a mosquito biological control agent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Microbiology
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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