Biochemical and molecular characterization of a new mitochondrial encoded target site for acaricides

01 January 2007 → 31 January 2010
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
    • Plant biology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology
    • Industrial biotechnology
    • Other biotechnology, bio-engineering and biosystem engineering
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
    • Veterinary medicine
bifenazate Tetranychus urticae mode of action
Project description

Bifenazate is a recent, very effective and highly selective acaricide. The mode of action and the target site of this compound are unknown. Recently, it was found that the compound is triggering a new mitochondrial target site, after activation to an active metabolite. The purpose of the project is the elucidation of the target site and the activation pathway. These findings will open new perspectives for the control of the economically important spider mite, Tetranychus urticae.