Pesticides can be replaced by genetically modified insects




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Scientists working in partnership with the British company Oxitec, reported that genetically modified insects can successfully replace the use of chemical pesticides. Scientists say that in comparison with chemicals like insects do not cause little or no damage to the environment and, moreover, it is not a threat to man.

The source of the news reports that the role of the genetically modified insects were selected males Maslin flies. A new species of insects called “GMO-flies» (Frankenflies). They are going to start very soon agrokulturnogo in some regions of Europe, where they are in their natural environment, will have to mate with wild females of this species of flies. After mating, the genetically modified males with wild females Maslin female flies will die. In the long-playing term, this should significantly reduce their population and positively affect future crops. Now, farmers have to use to protect their crops fabulous amounts of harmful chemical pesticides.

“Our goal is not only to maintain control over the population of the olive tree, the flies but avoid harm to other species of insects. The use of our genetically sterile flies will help not only in the destruction of harmful insects, but will not allow proizvozvodit offspring vypushennyh the will of genetically modified instances, as they can no longer reproduce, “- explains the head of the study, Dr. Martha Kukidu.

At first, scientists want to run the “GMO-fly” in Spain. If the experiment proves successful, then flies and sent on crops in Italy and Greece. Then, experts want to use these flies, and in the fields of Great Britain, where the expense of these insects layuoratonyh agronomists will be able to protect the crops of cabbages and broccoli.
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