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Pests monitored: Pheromone lures are available for diamondback moths and moths that produce armyworms, cabbage loopers, corn earworms, European corn borers, tomato pinworms, and cutworms.
The diamondback moths are not irradiated, though, because the irradiation strategy didn’t work.
Researchers from Cornell University are studying whether the engineered insects could be used to reduce the population of the diamondback moth—a European species that has become an agricultural pest in the United states.
Like Oxitec’s mosquitoes, its diamondback moths are genetically engineered to be self-limiting.
The idea is that as the gene will spread among male moths while continuing to kill female moths—and eventually the diamondback moth population will crumble.
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