On the Radio: Rootworm Resistance


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers a western corn rootworm’s growing resistance to genetically modified corn. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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Pests show resistance to Monsanto corn plants

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Could Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified corn plants cause the emergence of superbugs? That’s what findings by Iowa State University entomologist Aaron Gassmann suggest.

Gassman found that western corn rootworms at four Iowa fields developed a resistance to pesticides in the Monsanto plants. Continue reading