Pest and disease challenges and insect biotechnology solutions*


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    Presented as a Plenary Lecture for the Korean Association of Biological Sciences Meeting, 16 August 2007, Seoul, Korea.

Thomas A. Miller, Entomology Department, University of California Riverside, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521, USA. Email:


Advances in microbiology and molecular genetics have led to renewed interest in microbial and host interactions, especially mutualism and symbiosis. More genome sequences are being reported every year; indeed, we are awash in information on an unprecedented scale. However, despite the greater amount of genomic information, we still have difficulty resolving species boundaries, and we still have much to learn about pathogen, vector and host interactions. Biotechnology approaches offer the promise of new tools for pest and disease control.