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Insect Pathology/ Biotechnology Lab

Insect Pathology/ Biotechnology Lab

Novel approaches for management of insect pests

Bryony Bonning conducts fundamental and applied research on insect physiology and insect pathology with the goal of developing novel, environmentally benign alternatives to chemical insecticides for insect pest management. Her current research emphasis is on citrus, with a focus on management of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Research has included the study of insect hormones and enzymes, insecticidal toxins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, the genetic optimization of insect viruses for pest management, insect virus discovery and the use of viral proteins for development of insect resistant transgenic plants.

An image of a bee being hand fed with a banner indicating link to people page. Photo credit Suzy Rodriguez.

A sweet potato whitefly with a banner indicating that this image links to the publications page. Photo credit USDA.

An electron microscome image of a baculovirus with a banner stating that this links to the news page

A southern green stink bug on a carrot with a banner indicating that this image is linked to the research webpage section. Photo credit Ke Wu