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2011-02-01 23:42:08

The furry-looking insects start their development smaller than the head of a pin, but the caterpillars soon develop an appetite for cotton as big as the crop. To demonstrate the insects' destructive power, Clemson University entomologist Jeremy Greene planted two cotton varieties "” one genetically modified to provide protection from caterpillars, one not "” in a demonstration field at the Edisto Research and Education Center. The non-protected cotton was planted in a pattern that...

2010-10-14 13:04:46

If successful, water-efficient maize for Africa would be available royalty-free to the region where over 300 million people depend on a crop routinely crippled by droughts Crop specialists in Kenya and Uganda have laid the groundwork for confined field trials to commence later this year for new varieties of maize genetically modified to survive recurrent droughts that threaten over 300 million Africans for whom maize is life, according to a speech given today by the head of the African...

2010-10-08 02:25:33

Areawide suppression dramatically reduced the estimated $1 billion in annual losses caused by European corn borer Transgenic corn's resistance to pests has benefitted even non-transgenic corn, a new study led by scientists from the University of Minnesota shows. The study, published in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Science, found that widespread planting of genetically modified Bt corn throughout the Upper Midwest has suppressed populations of the European corn borer, historically one of...

2010-10-08 02:21:08

Widespread planting of genetically modified Bt corn throughout the Upper Midwest has suppressed populations of the European corn borer, a major insect pest of corn, with the majority of the economic benefits going to growers who do not plant Bt corn, reports a multistate team of scientists in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Science. In Wisconsin, 75 percent of the $325 million cumulative economic benefit linked to Bt corn's pest suppression between 1996-2009 went to non-Bt corn growers....

2010-10-08 02:18:50

Transgenic corn's suppression of the European corn borer has saved Midwest farmers billions of dollars in the past decade, reports a new study in Science. Research conducted by several Midwest universities shows that suppression of this pest has saved $3.2 billion for corn growers in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin over the past 14 years with more than $2.4 billion of this total benefiting non-Bt corn growers. Comparable estimates for Iowa and Nebraska are $3.6 billion in total, with $1.9...

2010-10-08 02:17:52

A group of agricultural scientists reported in today's issue of the journal Science that corn that has been genetically engineered to produce insect-killing proteins isolated from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) provides significant economic benefits even to neighboring farmers who grow non-transgenic varieties of corn. "Modern agricultural science is playing a critical role in addressing many of the toughest issues facing American agriculture today, including pest management...

2010-06-29 08:00:00

ST. LOUIS, June 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Responding to U.S. corn farmers' requests to simplify insect resistance management, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today that it has submitted for registration to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a 5 percent refuge-in-the-bag (RIB) option for Genuity® VT Double PRO(TM) corn. Upon registration, a RIB option for Genuity VT Double PRO corn would provide farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt with the convenience of...

2009-11-23 09:40:03

Since 1996, crop plants genetically modified to produce bacterial proteins that are toxic to certain insects, yet safe for people, have been planted on more than 200 million hectares worldwide. The popularity of these Bt crops, named after the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, comes from their ability to kill some major pests, allowing farmers to save money and lessen environmental impacts by reducing insecticide sprays. However, since insects can evolve resistance to toxins, strategies must...

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2009-10-30 06:35:00

Amidst growing concerns of global food shortages, scientists continue to push the frontiers of genetically modified foods in an attempt to head off the looming crisis.  Some of their efforts, however "” such as attempts to test a new variety of GM corn in Mexico "” are clashing with millennia-old cultural traditions seeking to preserve the original form of the ancient staple food. A number of pre-colonial Indian religions even believed that human life first sprang forth from...

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2009-10-20 06:50:00

On Monday, agricultural ministers from the European Union announced that they would not give official approval to allow the importation and use of genetically-enhanced strains of corn from the US. At a Luxembourg-based meeting of EU farm officials, representatives from participating nations failed to agree on a number of proposals that sought to give the go-ahead to a variety laboratory engineered food staples"”dubbed "ËœFrankenstein foods' by critics. At the top of the list...


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