Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ajay Kohli,
Professor Angharad MR Gatehouse
The adoption of insect-resistant transgenic crops has been increasing annually at double-digit rates since the commercial release of first-generation maize and cotton expressing a single modified Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (Bt) nine years ago. Studies have shown that these Bt crops can be successfully deployed in agriculture, which has led to a decrease in pesticide usage, and that they are environmentally benign. However, the sustainability and durability of pest resistance continues to be discussed. In this review, we focus on the science that underpins second- and third-generation insect-resistant transgenic plants and examine the appropriateness and relevance of models that are currently being used to determine deployment strategies to maximize sustainability and durability. We also review strategies that are being developed for novel approaches to transgenic insect pest control.
Author(s): Christou P, Capell T, Kohli A, Gatehouse JA, Gatehouse AMR
Publication type: Article
Journal: Trends in Plant Science
Print publication date: 11/05/2006
ISSN (print): 1360-1385
ISSN (electronic): 1878-4372
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
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