Biotech Updates

Research: Bt Maize Has No Impact on Insect Communities

May 25, 2012

Eva Schultheis and her team at RWTH Aachen University caught insects on the maize trial field and identified the species in the laboratory. The team wanted to find out whether the insect communities found in genetically modified Bt maize are different from those found in conventional fields. They found differences between the years and between individual maize varieties, but were unable to detect any influence of the genetic modification. Extensive investigations in the laboratory with the rice leaf bug, which was chosen as a representative species, also failed to find any negative Bt maize effects.

Watch the video summarizing the team's study at