Genetic Engineering may not solve Africa’s fall armyworm problems
November 17, 2017|Patti Mulligan
Fred Gould presented at the Entomology 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO last week on the prospects of using GMO technology to help alleviate the issue of crop pests in Africa.
The fall armyworm which is a major pest of corn in the western hemisphere has become an invasive pest in Africa in the past few years. Some groups are calling for use of Bt corn as a solution.
In this video Dr. Gould describes why it would take great dedication and large resources in money and people to use this approach in an equitable and sustainable manner.
*Note: The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of Dr. Gould as an individual faculty member, and should not be taken as a reflection of the views of the whole of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center or NC State University.
Prospects for the use of transgenic maize in the management of fall armyworm in Africa
Abstract: The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is largely controlled in North and South America with transgenic maize varieties, but this pest is rapidly evolving resistance. How well this technology is transferable to the African context will be discussed. Maize farmers in Africa face many different contexts and constraints than the vast majority of maize farmers in North and South America. The past impacts of GE crops on resource-poor farmers and potential for the future will be explored. Also discussed will be some current cropping problems faced by these farmers for which GE varieties have been suggested as solutions but where a practical pathway toward implementation is not apparent.
Agriculture is changing and so are the technologies needed to improve it. Scientists should be allowed to develop genetically modified (GM) crops to provide options for smallholder farmers who depend on a successful harvest for their livelihood.
That position was highlighted in a panel discussion featuring biotechnology leaders at the Genetics Engineering and Society colloquium organized by the third cohort of the AgBioFEWs fellowship. The question that informed this colloquium was, who makes the decision on which GM crops are developed around the world?
Margaret Huffman, Nov. 11 2020 | Choosing to plant genetically engineered seed that will grow insect-resistant corn (Bt corn) is more expensive at the time of planting but is common practice in places like the United States and the Philippines. This study takes a closer look at those who do not plant genetically engineered seed because their neighbors use of Bt corn eliminated the local pest pressure.
Jennifer Kuzma, June 3, 2020 | Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.