Corn earworm and cotton bollworm are two of the world's most pesky pests. Every year, US $5 billion is spent on pesticides and traps to control these populations of insects. Researchers in Australia have finally mapped together the DNA genome-sequence of these two 'megapests'. This new knowledge will eventually lead to creating new pesticides based on their weak points, or mutations, in their DNA. Targeting these weaknesses when synthesizing new pesticides, and other population-control methods, will save the world billions of dollars. These studies -- the DNA genome-sequencing, the origin of these species, and their evolutionary history -- lay the foundation toward strengthening our combative abilities against these pests. Beyond this discovery, it will also help greatly in sequencing DNA and finding weaknesses in other troubling species. Read more about this intriguing story on Science Daily.
Genomes of Corn Earworm and Cotton Bollworm Finally Sequenced
Published on: Aug 07, 2017