Paul Nickerson

Issues with Genetic Control of Insects

In Gardening on December 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Recently I presented on Biocontrol of weeds. Biocontrol is a process in which species specific insects are utilize to reduce the population of a target plant. While this process is general effective, recent research has shown that rapid evolution of the target plants, as well as degradation of host specificity leads to negative effects on non-targeted, native plants.

As another method of biological control of plants, biocoporations, such as Monsanto, work to create genetically modified plants that can produce toxins, protecting them from many pests. In the same way that biocontrol can lead to rapid evolution, this same thing can occur with GMC. This is a pretty interesting article about how this occurs.

Check out this Article by NPR, Insect Finds Crack In Biotech Corn’s Armor

 

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