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Beating the’billion-dollar bug’ is a common burden

A lurking threat that has stymied US corn growers for decades is coming to the forefront: western corn rootworm. Occasionally referred to as the”billion-dollar bug,” the species’ tiny larvae chew through the roots of corn plants, causing devastating yield losses. In 2003, farmers began planting a genetically engineered variety of corn known as”Bt,” that creates a protein toxic to the insect colonies –however by 2009, the billion-dollar bug had evolved adaptations for resistance to the toxin.
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