Team:Cardiff Wales

Team Cardiff - RNAphid

For iGEM 2018, Team Cardiff aims to create an effective pesticide against aphids.

To do this, we are using RNAi to target the aphids key genes that enable the survival of their symbiont, Buchnera aphidicola, by targeting genes essential for the development of specialised aphid cells called bacteriocytes. These genes are of the BCR and SP gene families.

We are testing these constructs in Nicotiana benthamiana against the aphid pest Myzus persicae . See our Description page for more details!


This wiki will be your team’s first interaction with the rest of the world, so here are a few tips to help you get started:

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