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Ecological Mysteries: is Bacillus thuringiensis a Real Insect Pathogen?  

Guillen Marco1 , Manuel Porcar1,2
1. Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva, Universitat de Valencia. Apartado Postal 22085, 46071 Valencia, Spain
2. Fundacio General de la Universitat de Valencia, Spain
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Bt Research, 2012, Vol. 3, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/bt.2012.03.0001
Received: 17 Jan., 2012    Accepted: 26 Jan., 2012    Published: 29 Jan., 2012
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Marco et al., 2012, Ecological Mysteries: is Bacillus thuringiensis a Real Insect Pathogen? Bt Research, Vol.3, No.1 1-2 (doi: 10.5376/bt.2012.03.0001)


Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) can kill insects and multiply in their bodies, but it can also grow in semi-synthetic media; is found in environments were insects are absent; and has been reported to require midgut-associated bacteria for toxicity. We propose here a novel life cycle for Bt combining insect-based and insect-independent life cycles.

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt); Insecticidal crystal proteins (Cry); Microbial ecology; Insect pathogenicity
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