I hope they get working on a fungicide that will control it. One positive thing to this is that it is a naturally occurring fungus, not some test tube monster.
Quote: In a classic case of mistaken identity, scientists confused the GMO fungus with its wild strain already present in the environment
It's a genetically modified version of the natural fungus.
Quote:Nor are the modified fungi without risks. M.anisopliae is fairly indiscriminate and can infect a variety of insects. In some ways, that’s promising because it could also be used to control tsetse flies, which spread sleeping sickness, and other species of mosquito that carry dengue fever and filariasis. On the other hand, the fungus could kill beneficial insects too. Fang thinks it should be possible to restrict the fungus to certain insect species by loading them with targeted antibodies.
It certainly has it's benefits, but who's watching and studying this GMO fungi after it's release?
Quote:These human-made organisms can reproduce and interbreed with naturalorganisms, thereby spreading to new environments and future generationsin an unpredictable and uncontrollable way. Because we know so littleabout how these novel organisms will act in the environment, andbecause these living organisms can multiply and spread, the potentiallyharmful effects of GE organisms may only be discovered when it is toolate.
For these reasons, GE organisms (or GMOs - genetically modifiedorganisms) must not be released into the environment. They poseunacceptable risks to ecosystems, and threaten biodiversity, wildlifeand sustainable forms of agriculture.
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