Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Evolution of corn rootworms resistant to BT corn

From Voracious worm evolves eat Biotech corn engineered to kill it by Brandon Keim:
"There’s a lesson to be learned for future crop traits, Shields said. Rootworm resistance was expected from the outset, but the Bt seed industry, seeking to maximize short-term profits, ignored outside scientists. The next pest-fighting trait “will fall under the same pressure,” said Shields, “and the insect will win. Always bet on the insect if there is not a smart deployment of the trait.”"

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