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"Maize Resources for Students, Producers and Specialists".  General Information, Technical Information, Production Information, Genes and Germplasm.

Author: Ricardo J. Salvador of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture


Genetically modified, insect resistant maize Implications for management ear and stalk diseases

Introduction: "The evolution of genetically modified crops took a major step in the mid-1990s with the approval and commercial release of insect-resistant maize hybrids with transgenes derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt maize). The release of Bt maize was met with great enthusiasm by many researchers and crop managers because of its ability to very effectively control European corn borers and other lepidopteran insects without the use of foliar insecticides. Crop producers and the agricultural industry rapidly accepted the technology and began to incorporate it into their crop production practices. But recently, controversy over production and use of genetically modified crop cultivars has focused a great deal of public attention on Bt maize..."

Author: G. P. Munkvold, Department of Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, and R. L. Hellmich, USDA, ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, and Department of Entomology, Iowa State University.  Editor: American Phytopathological Society. 




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