Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / University of Arizona gets fund to study GM cotton
University of Arizona gets fund to study GM cotton
30
Sep '11
The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is welcoming a grant of nearly $500,000 that was awarded to the University of Arizona for research into genetically modified cotton.

“The University of Arizona has a nationally recognized expertise in agriculture research,” said Pia Carusone, chief of staff to Giffords. “Pima cotton was developed and perfected by UA researchers and they continue to be at the forefront of important national agricultural studies.”

The UA grant of $499,909 will fund a study by a team of scientists in the Department of Entomology of the risks associated with genetically modified Bt cotton that is protected against some key insect pests. The grant was one of eight awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for studies of the risks associated with genetically engineered plants.

Bruce E. Tabashnik, head of the UA Department of Entomology and part of the research team, said Bt cotton was commercialized 15 years ago. It has been engineered to produce bacterial proteins that kill key insect pests but are harmless to people and most other organisms. “The concept is to reduce the use of insecticide sprays that can harm people and the environment,” Tabashnik said.

Bt cotton now represents about 65 percent of all cotton grown in the United States. But over time, pests may evolve resistance to the toxin in Bt cotton, Tabashnik said. To delay that resistance, some Bt crops produce two or more distinct toxins that are active against the same pest – an approach called a “pyramid.”

“We need to better understand how some characteristics of pyramids affect the evolution of resistance,” said Yves Carrière, a professor of entomology and the project's principal investigator.

The study, which will be conducted at UA, will develop and test strategies to delay evolution of resistance by the pests, Carrière said. If the pests were to eventually become fully resistant, the current Bt technology would be of no use.

“All types of agriculture – conventional, organic and genetically engineered – play important roles in our agricultural system,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, acting director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “These grants will help inform sound, science-based decisions.”

Other research grants will study pollen flow in perennial grasses intended for biofuel use and examine the flow of pollen between genetically-engineered alfalfa and conventional and organic varieties.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Christian Dior

Fashion | On 25th Apr 2017

LVMH to acquire Christian Dior Couture for €6.5bn

LVMH and Christian Dior, which holds directly and indirectly 41 per...

Information Technology | On 25th Apr 2017

Self-repairing fabrics to be the future of fashion

It is the era of smart. Intelligent materials like self-repairing...

Textiles | On 25th Apr 2017

Indonesia revitalising textile sector

With exports of textile and textile products rising in Indonesia, the ...

Interviews View All

Manuj Terapanthi
Texaura

Transparent supply chain and fair trade will boost sustainable market

Manfred Mentges
Sedo Treepoint GmbH

We see a higher demand in colour management systems, as customers see big...

Sunil Rathore
Lacoste India

‘New vendor is welcome if he offers cost, quality and timely delivery’

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search