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1. (WO2003076365) MATERIALS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PESTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2003/076365    International Application No.:    PCT/US2002/036880
Publication Date: Sep 18, 2003 International Filing Date: Nov 18, 2002
IPC: A01N 37/44
A01N 43/50
A01N 61/00
C07K 14/705
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
STEVENS, Bruce, R.
CUDA, James, P.
LONG, Lewis, S.
Inventors: STEVENS, Bruce, R.
CUDA, James, P.
LONG, Lewis, S.
Title: MATERIALS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PESTS
Abstract:
The present invention provides materials and methods for pest control. The subject invention provides pesticidal compositions that contain one or more compounds that interact with organic solute transporter/ligand-gated ion channel multifunction polypeptides in the pest, and/or alter amino acid metabolic pathways, and/or alter ionic homeostasis in the pest. Upon exposure to a target pest, these compositions either compromise pest growth and/or cause the death of the pest. In a preferred embodiment, the compositions of the subject invention contain one or more amino acids and/or amino acid analogs. In a particularly preferred embodiment, the methods of the subject invention involve exposing a pest to a composition that comprises methionine or leucine, or an analog thereof.