1st Place - Empirical Undergraduate
Pea aphids (Acyrthesiphon pisum) are the model organisms of aphid species. These aphids pose enormous economic stress when it comes to agriculture, and current management methods involving pesticides have major downsides. RNA Interference provides an alternative management method for this specific species. “The introduction of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) complementary to each of the target genes of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in the pea aphid, coupled with a carrier, has shown significant changes in expression of gene products and subsequently has shown decreased survivorship and reduced fecundity in the organism.”
Dr. James Balthazar
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"RNA Isolation of Aphids,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 50.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/50