Feb 16, 2008

A New Moth in Town

You're looking at the first ever example of an insect species evolving to become resistant to a plant-borne but manmade pesticide.

There is a new strain of bollworm moth in the southern US that has become resistant to plants that have been genetically altered to produce the pesticide known as Bt. So, for all you corn and cotton farmers out there who are relying on your Bt-producing crops to thwart the bollworm moth, watch out. There's a new moth in town, and he doesn't look pleasant.

Thanks for the photo, Ida.

Photo source: io9.com

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

neato! I knew it was only a matter of time.