The Evolution of Insect Resistance to Bt Crops

argylesock says… Some of the most popular GM (genetically modified, also called genetically engineered, GE) crops are Bt crops. That means that they make an insecticide called Bt toxin in the crop plant’s own tissues. The Bt toxin kills insect pests that eat the crop. After a while – sometimes a short while – the insects evolve to resist that Bt toxin. Here’s some science about how well Bt crops are succeeding, and about how soon they fail, and about how farmers can manage the pests’ evolution.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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3 Responses to The Evolution of Insect Resistance to Bt Crops

  1. drbausman says:

    Reblogged this on Dr. B. A. Usman's Blog.

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