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GMO MOTH RELEASED TO PROTECT CANOLA, CABBAGES, OTHER CROPS


Good Fruit & Vegetables reports:

RESEARCHERS from the United States have set the insect world abuzz with news the first successful release of genetically engineered moths has occurred.

Designed to reduce pest populations, the engineered male diamondback moths mate with females of the species as normal, but pass on a self-limiting gene to their female off-spring, meaning the caterpillars do not survive to damage crops or grow into moths themselves.

A serious pest of brassica crops, such as canola, cauliflower and cabbages, researchers claim the technology will significantly reduce population numbers of the agricultural pest, slashing insecticide use.

Developed by Oxitec Ltd, a British subsidiary of US biotechnology company Intrexon, the engineered moths were recently part of a Cornell University research trial, led by Professor Anthony Shelton.


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