The United States Department of Agriculture and University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences introduced a new way to control pests that resist genetically modified cotton plants generated to fight the pink bollworm.
The pink bollworm is a moth that latches to cotton leaves, hatches and eat through plant. The damage allows other pests to invade the crops as well causing further damage. Scientists had created a plant with extra protein that kills the moth when it latches to the leaves.
Researchers found a new form of birth control that allows sterile pink bollworm moths to mate with those that still affect the plant. When the sterile moths breed, the offspring will also be sterile which ultimately prevents moths from damaging crops.
Since 1917 producers have fought the invasive species that is home to Asia. Scientists feel the birth control is a long-term solution for producers in Arizona.
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Written by: Melissa Warner / Farm Plus Staff Writer