Managing the Evolution of Insect Resistance to Transgenic Plants

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Science  30 Jun 1995:
Vol. 268, Issue 5219, pp. 1894-1896
DOI: 10.1126/science.268.5219.1894


The evolution of resistance in pests such as the European corn borer will imperil transgenic maize varieties that express insecticidal crystal proteins of Bacillus thuringiensis. Patchworks of treated and untreated fields can delay the evolution of pesticide resistance, but the untreated refuge fields are likely to sustain heavy damage. A strategy that exploits corn borer preferences and movements can eliminate this problem. Computer simulation indicates that this approach can delay the evolution of resistance and reduce insect damage in the untreated fields of a patchwork planting regime.

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