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Effects of biotechnology on biodiversity: herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant GM crops

Effects of biotechnology on biodiversity: herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant GM crops

Trends in Biotechnology 23(8): 388-394

ISSN/ISBN: 0167-7799

PMID: 15979178

DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2005.06.008

Biodiversity is threatened by agriculture as a whole, and particularly also by traditional methods of agriculture. Knowledge-based agriculture, including GM crops, can reduce this threat in the future. The introduction of no-tillage practices, which are beneficial for soil fertility, has been encouraged by the rapid spread of herbicide-tolerant soybeans in the USA. The replacement of pesticides through Bt crops is advantageous for the non-target insect fauna in test-fields. The results of the British Farm Scale experiment are discussed. Biodiversity differences can mainly be referred to as differences in herbicide application management.

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