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Bacillus thuringiensis
A Cornerstone of Modern Agriculture

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ISBN 9781560221098
Published November 24, 2003 by CRC Press
242 Pages

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Book Description

Make the right decisions when it comes to pest control in agriculture!

Bacillus thuringiensis: A Cornerstone of Modern Agriculture explores the impact that one of the most prominent biologically based pesticides has had on pest control technology—and the issues that surround its use. The book examines the development, use, and management of technologies derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), addressing the health, economic, environmental, and social concerns generated by the deployment of genetically engineered crops. Authors representing a diverse cross section of the international scientific community contribute review articles and research findings that address the use of Bt in microbial formulations and transgenic crops, technological advances in the genetic engineering of plants, advances in methodologies, and improved agricultural practices and productivity through the use of Bt cotton.

Bacillus thuringiensis: A Cornerstone of Modern Agriculture examines the vital issues surrounding this Gram-positive bacterium. Contributors from academia, government, and industry address the safety of Bt for human consumption, its effects on non-target organisms, the role of microbial Bt products in crop production in the United States, and the utility and management of transgenic plants. The book also explores:

  • engineering Bt transgenic rice for insect pest protection
  • the Bt potato in developing countries
  • Bt expression in sugarcane and cauliflower
  • a comparative analysis of Bt cotton in Argentina
  • the ecological impact, gene expression, and current resistance management requirements of Bt cotton in the United States
  • and much more!
Bacillus thuringiensis: A Cornerstone of Modern Agriculture is an essential resource for advanced students and technical specialists working in agriculture, biotechnology, entomology, pest management, and crop sciences. Stakeholders will also find it invaluable in regulatory decision making about genetically engineered crops, pesticide use, and crop protection.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword (Yoel Margalith)
  • Preface
  • The Safety of Bacillus thuringiensis for Human Consumption
  • Effects of Bt on Non-Target Organisms
  • The Role of Microbial Bt Products in U.S. Crop Protection
  • The Utility and Management of Transgenic Plants with Bacillus thuringiensis Genes for Protection from Pests
  • Engineering of Bt Transgenic Rice for Insect Pest Protection
  • Fulfilling the Promise of Bt Potato in Developing Countries
  • Ecological Impact of Bt Cotton
  • Current Resistance Management Requirements for Bt Cotton in the United States
  • A Rapid Assay for Gene Expression in Cotton Cells Transformed by Oncogenic Agrobacterium Strains
  • Cauliflower Plants Expressing a cry1C Transgene Control Larvae of Diamondback Moths Resistant or Susceptible to Cry1A, and Cabbage Loopers
  • Expression of the Cry1Ab Protein in Genetically Modified Sugarcane for the Control of Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)
  • Two Years of Insect Protected Bt Transgenic Cotton in Argentina: Regional Field Level Analysis of Financial Returns and Insecticide Use
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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