Mirid Bug Outbreaks in Multiple Crops Correlated with Wide-Scale Adoption of Bt Cotton in China

  title={Mirid Bug Outbreaks in Multiple Crops Correlated with Wide-Scale Adoption of Bt Cotton in China},
  author={Yanhui Lu and Kongming Wu and Yu-ying Jiang and Bing Xia and Ping Li and Hongqiang Feng and Kris A. G. Wyckhuys and Yu-yuan Guo},
  pages={1151 - 1154}
Collateral Damage Cotton crops that have been bioengineered to express the insecticidal toxin derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) carry their own insect control, particularly against the cotton bollworm, and are less dependent on externally applied pesticides. Lu et al. (p. 1151, published online 13 April) now show that reduction in general pesticide use in cotton-growing regions of northern China has shifted the balance of regional pest populations. Bt-expressing cotton now serves as a… 

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  • S. Naranjo
  • Biology
    Journal of agricultural and food chemistry
  • 2011
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