Symposium: Novel and next-generation technologies for pest control
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New technologies offer a new horizon for pest control. Novel mechanisms that have recently been developed include endogenous genetic elements like gene drives using CRISPR-Cas9 genetic modification, Trojan females that promote genetic defects, and the inoculation of insects with bacteria to inhibit viruses. Endogenous biocontrol approaches offer the potential eradication of pests from entire continents. They also impose major ethical and regulatory responsibilities. This symposium will examine the potential and problems associated with next-generation technologies for insect pest control.
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