Increased expression of Chemosensory Protein gene in field populations of insects
What is it about?
It is about the functional role of an insect protein gene family, namely Chemosensory Proteins (CSPs). This is the first report about CSPs in aleyrods. We cloned CSP in the sweet potato whitefly Bemisia tabaci. We then compared CSP gene expression across biotypes, sexes and laboratory/field populations. We found that CSP was particularly highly expressed in females of a Q biotype field population.
Why is it important?
It is important because this is the first report about CSPs in aleyrods and whiteflies. It is also very important because this is the first report dealing with CSPs in insecticide resistance. CSPs were long known and heavily described in the insect chemosensory system. Our finding rather orientates CSP research towards functions in relation with xenobiotics degradation and adaptation to specific chemical environment.
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