inhibitors (AAI) are found in many plants. They usually do not inhibit
plant a-amylase, but inhibit the amylase of other organisms. We therefore
believe that they are defense proteins. The gene for AI from the common
bean (phaseolus Uuloguis) was introduced in peas to create the first
insect resistant seeds using biotechnology (see ). Fireld tests show
that this technology completely prevents damage by the pea weevil (Morton
et al, 2000). This project is carried out in collaboration with Dr.
T.J. Higgins from the CSIRO in Carberra, Australia and with Dr. Fatima
Grossi from Cenargen/EMBRAPA in Brasilia, Brasil.