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Crop Biotech Update

Biotech Moths to be Field Tested in NY

August 30, 2017

Biotech male diamondback moths developed by Oxitec in the lab will be released in upstate New York as part of field testing. The biotech moths carry a "time bomb" gene that kills offspring, thus decreasing the usage of pesticides to control the insect pest. Diamondback moths have caused billions of dollars of crop damage yearly.

Over the next months, before winter kills the moths, Cornell University researchers will observe how the biotech moths perform when exposed to its  wild cousins. If the testing leads to positive results, it could be a good step towards the commercialization of biotech moths.

Read the original article from Scientific American.