Living With Genetically Altered Pests

Diamondback Moth
Photo: Lyle Buss

The ability to manipulate insect genes has led to new methods of insect control. Some genetic manipulations lead to insects that are sterile or fail to develop. The company Oxitec produces genetically altered insects that could potentially control pests. Initial focus has been on disease vectoring mosquitoes with some success.

Trials are underway with diamondback moth, an invasive pest of cabbages and other cole crops. Diamondback moth is notoriously…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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