Mention of the words “insect resistance” can cause panic; particularly among farmers growing a crop that can be devastated by the insects developing resistance. To farmers, insect resistance means the technology that prevents them from having to spray round-after-round of insecticide is in jeopardy. To farmers who rely on selling that crop to feed their families, resistance endangers their livelihoods.
In 2010, resistance to pink bollworm was detected in five districts of Gujarat state, threatening the crops of more than five million farmers who planted Bollgard® and Bollgard II® cotton in India. The detection also meant concerns could heighten … Full Article »