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Crop Biotech Update

Oxitec Develops GE Moths to Vegetable Pest

May 17, 2017

Cornell University and Oxitec company, the developer of genetically engineered mosquitoes designed to stop Zika and other diseases, are now set to test genetically engineer male diamondback moth. Similar with the GE mosquitoes developed by Oxitec, engineering of moths is focused on males to lessen the population of the pest. The GE moths have passed the laboratory and greenhouse trials. US Food and Drug Administration officials are currently reviewing whether to allow open field trials of the GE moths. At present, diamondback moth has shown resistance to 95 different pesticides. Thus, it is a huge concern of vegetable farmers worldwide.

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