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Wed Jul 10, 2013, 05:40 PM

Monsanto’s Plan to Help the Honeybee

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/516466/monsantos-plan-to-help-the-honeybee/
Monsanto’s Plan to Help the Honeybee

Monsanto and others look to RNA interference to fight widespread bee-killing mites.

By Susan Young on July 9, 2013

Beekeepers are desperately battling colony collapse disorder, a complex condition that has been killing bees in large swaths and could ultimately have a massive effect on people, since honeybees pollinate a significant portion of the food that humans consume.

A new weapon in that fight could be RNA molecules that kill a troublesome parasite by disrupting the way its genes are expressed. Monsanto and others are developing the molecules as a means to kill the parasite, a mite that feeds on honeybees.



In 2011 Monsanto, the maker of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, bought an Israeli company called Beeologics, which had developed an RNA interference technology that can be fed to bees through sugar water. The idea is that when a nurse bee spits this sugar water into each cell of a honeycomb where a queen bee has laid an egg, the resulting larvae will consume the RNA interference treatment. With the right sequence in the interfering RNA, the treatment will be harmless to the larvae, but when a mite feeds on it, the pest will ingest its own self-destruct signal.

The RNA interference technology would not be carried from generation to generation. “It’s a transient effect; it’s not a genetically modified organism,” says Bowman.

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hopemountain Jul 2013 #1
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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 05:48 PM

1. oh, stop already, monsanto

asinine thinking on the part of monsanto.

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Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:00 PM

2. Sounds like introducing foxes to Australia to control the rabbits n/t

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:24 PM

3. A neat trick to distract from the fact that their poisons are

killing more bees than parasites are. Hey, I have an idea, why not kill the parasites with chemicals? Buy them from us. We guarantee it will work. Promise! Really!

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Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. f^@k Monsanto







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