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Insect Traits Evolving for Ongoing Bug Battles

American cotton producers of a certain age can attest to how much of a blessing Bt traits have been on the farm. Bollgard first appeared in 1996, and farmers were suddenly able to control earworm and tobacco budworms without the excessive spraying they had become accustomed to. Years later, a second generation of Bt traits arrived, providing dual gene activity.

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