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How Bugs Become Instantly Resistant to Insecticide by Swallowing Bacteria

How Bugs Become Instantly Resistant to Insecticide by Swallowing Bacteria

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  • The bean bug, which is a common pest on soybean crops, have a special organ in their guts that holds up to 100 million Burkholderia bacteria that are able to break down the insecticide fenitrothion, rendering it harmless to the bugs
  • The Burkholderia bacteria rise in number in fields treated with the insecticide fenitrothion; in the study bacteria numbers rose from undetectable to comprising more than 80 percent of soil bacteria counts after fenitrothion was applied to soil
  • More than 90 percent of the bugs raised in the enriched soil established the fenitrothion-degrading Burkholderia bacteria in their gut
  • Bacteria not only play an important role in insect survival … there are tiny living organisms in your body numbering in the trillions, too, which work together to keep you alive
  • The massive use of toxic insecticides on conventional and genetically modified crops is leading to the creation of super pests and super weeds, and causing even more toxic chemicals to be sprayed on crops
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies use a variety of non-chemical methods to control pests, and provide a safer, more sustainable alternative to insecticides

By Dr. Mercola

In a time when it's undeniable that super weeds and super bugs are growing resistant to the herbicides and pesticides used to treat genetically modified (GM) seeds and crops, Japanese scientists have discovered that at least one bug's belly knows exactly what to do when it encounters an insecticide.

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