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No refuge for insect pests

The sterile insect technique offers an alternative to the refuge strategy for managing resistance to Bt toxins.

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Figure 1: Use of the SIT together with transgenic cotton expressing the Bt transgene suppresses the growth of the pink bollworm population and facilitates management of resistance to Bt toxin.


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Wu, K. No refuge for insect pests. Nat Biotechnol 28, 1273–1275 (2010).

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