The Center provides the basic research foundation necessary for the applied goals of industry. Research projects, prioritized at the outset by the industry members, fall within the following areas:
Currently funded projects include:
How are some proteins able to move from the gut into the hemocoel of an insect?
What enzymatic challenges will be faced by agents used for suppression of stink
Why does RNAi work so well in beetles, but not in other insects?
Development of innovative techniques for high-throughput, sensitive assessment of effects
of nematode management compounds on the soybean cyst nematode life cycle
Development of methods and establishment of continuous cell lines from the midgut of
selected pest insects to use for assessment of potential pest suppression agents
Utilizing porous silica nanoparticles to deliver RNA and small proteins into insect cells,
and investigating methods to facilitate the entry of nanoparticles into the cytoplasm via
Leveraging the recently assembled draft genome of the soybean cyst nematode to advance
our understanding of the genetic diversity and pathology of soybean cyst nematodes