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2-12-1999 12:00 AM

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Genetically modified organisms such as Bt corn, engineered to produce a bacteria-derived toxin targeting the European corn borer, have been readily adopted as pest management tools by producers throughout the US. While Bt hybrids have demonstrated consistent yield benefits during seasons of heavy European corn borer infestation, growing consumer opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms, particularly in European and Asian markets, has both farmers and scientists questioning the future of biotechnology crops. Rather than abandon developments which have the potential to deliver more effective and environmentally sound management options, a greater effort must be made on the behalf of scientists to demonstrate not just the safety of biotech crops in the food industry and the environment, but the extent to which products such as Bt corn can contribute to the overall health of corn production systems.

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Dec 2nd, 12:00 AM

The Role of Bt Hybrids In Stalk Rot Management

Genetically modified organisms such as Bt corn, engineered to produce a bacteria-derived toxin targeting the European corn borer, have been readily adopted as pest management tools by producers throughout the US. While Bt hybrids have demonstrated consistent yield benefits during seasons of heavy European corn borer infestation, growing consumer opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms, particularly in European and Asian markets, has both farmers and scientists questioning the future of biotechnology crops. Rather than abandon developments which have the potential to deliver more effective and environmentally sound management options, a greater effort must be made on the behalf of scientists to demonstrate not just the safety of biotech crops in the food industry and the environment, but the extent to which products such as Bt corn can contribute to the overall health of corn production systems.

 

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