Development of environmentally-friendly insecticides for the Australian livestock industry (2008–2011)

Abstract:
The aim of this proposal is to develop innovative approaches for controlling arthropod pests that cause hundreds of millions of dollars damage annually to Australian livestock. The research program will build upon the recent discovery in Prof. King's laboratory that several peptide toxins isolated from spider venom are lethal when administered orally to a range of arthropod pests, including ticks and mosquitoes. We will use innovative peptide chemistry approaches to improve the stability of these peptides in insect tissues and to enhance their ability to traverse insect gut epithelia. The work has profound implications for arthropod pest control in Australia. '',
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Affiliated Professor
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
  • Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    Affiliated Professor
    School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council