Genetic engineering of insects : Current and future applications Chapter uri icon


  • The development of genetic transformation for non-drosophilid insects is a relatively new technology and one that is growing rapidly to include an increasing number of diverse insect species. It is expected that this will result in the development of a number of model genetic systems approaching the level of sophistication of D. melanogaster. This would be a significant advance for researchers working on all aspects of insect biology, as it is likely that many molecular processes and mechanisms will be highly conserved within groups of insects. In many cases this will result in as yet unimagined forms of control for insect pests of agricultural and medical significance. Whether the new control strategies occur directly, or indirectly, through the use and release of transgenic insects remains to be determined. Copyright by Kevin M. Heinz, Raymond E. Frisbie, and Carlos E. Bogrn Manufactured in the United States of America All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Coates, C.

Book Title

  • Entomology at the Land Grant University: Perspectives from the Texas A&M University Department Centenary

publication date

  • January 2005