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J Insect Sci. 2001;1:13. Epub 2001 Nov 9.

Potential factors impacting season-long expression of Cry1Ac in 13 commercial varieties of Bollgard cotton.

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USDA, ARS, Southern Insect Management Research Unit, P.O. Box 346 Stoneville, MS 38776, USA.


Thirteen commercial varieties of transgenic Cry1Ac Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner (Bt) cotton were examined across two sites in 2000 for potential factors that impact endotoxin expression. In all cases, two varieties (NuCOTN 33B and DP 458B/RR, Delta & Pineland Co., Scott, MS) expressed more Cry1Ac than the other 11 varieties in various plant structures. These two varieties share the same parental background (DP 5415). Furthermore, when the next generation of plants were tested in the greenhouse, the same varietal patterns were exhibited. These data strongly suggest that factors such as parental background had a stronger impact on the expression of Cry1Ac than the environment.

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