07 August 2012
Gene technology deceives greedy pest insects
Worldwide cabbage farmers have vast problems with the diamond-back moth. It lays its eggs on the cabbage plants and the voracious appetite of the larvae ruins the yield. However, PhD Morten Emil Møldrup from the University of Copenhagen has developed a method to deceive the greedy insects. He has studied the defence compounds of the cabbage family, the so called glucosinolates, exhaustively. Glucosinolates are toxic to cabbage pests in general, the diamond-back moth being one of very few exemptions.
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