30 Aug '11, 2am

Genetically-modified corn falls prey to the very same bugs it was meant to thwart, raising fears of new superbug

A voracious pest which has long plagued corn farmers is devouring a widely-used variety that was genetically modified to thwart the rootworms, raising fears of a new superbug. -- PHOTO: AFP CHICAGO (AFP) - A voracious pest which has long plagued corn farmers is devouring a widely-used variety that was genetically modified to thwart the rootworms, raising fears of a new superbug. So far, there is no evidence that a significant number of rootworms have developed a resistance to the corn's protective toxin. However, experts warn that farmers may be forced to resume the heavy use of pesticides if resistant bugs become widespread. They also caution that farmers may be using genetically modified crops in ways that hasten the development of resistant bugs. 'The western corn rootworm is one of the most significant insect pests of corn in the United States and has a potential to be...

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