Advertisement

Topics

Forty years of data quantifies benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time | EurekAlert! Science News

04:26 EDT 14 Mar 2018 | GMO pundit



UMD researchers have pulled together forty years of data to quantify the effects of Bt field corn, a highly marketed and successful genetically engineered technology, in a novel and large-scale collaborative study. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of Bt corn or cotton adoption on pest management for pests like the European corn borer or cotton bollworm in corn or cotton itself, but this is the first study to look at the effects on other offsite crops in North America. By tracking European corn borer populations, this study shows significant decreases in adult moth activity, recommended spraying regimens, and overall crop damage in vegetable crops such as sweet corn, peppers, and green beans. These benefits have never before been documented and showcase Bt crops as a powerful tool to reduce pest populations regionally thereby benefitting other crops in the agricultural landscape.

Forty years of data quantifies benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time | EurekAlert! Science News:




Original Article: Forty years of data quantifies benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time | EurekAlert! Science News

NEXT ARTICLE

More From BioPortfolio on "Forty years of data quantifies benefits of Bt corn adoption across multiple crops for the first time | EurekAlert! Science News"

Advertisement
Quick Search
Advertisement
Advertisement

 

Relevant Topic

GMO Crops
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, an...