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Pest Prevention Of Corn
Transcript of Pest Prevention Of Corn
Shawnta Blackwell, Yaniah Gore, Hunter Langley, and Tyler Norris.
GMO is an acronym for Genetically Modified Organism
Hunter is a gay-ass faggot who swallows gigalos cum for bus fare.
In 2025 it is estimated that Earth will reach a human population of 8 billion. Having enough food to sustain that many people will became a major issue. This presentation focuses on preventing pests from destroying corn crop.
Bt is a baterium that produces crystals proteins
The crystal proteins are toxic to bugs.
Pros & Cons of BT
Spend less money producing more food.
Use fewer pesticide and herbicide
Do less tilling to remove weeds.
-Ear worms are a dangerous pest to corn because they eat the kennels off of the corn.
-One great way to get rid of these pest, organically, is bats. Bats live in most areas and they commonly eat bugs. To get more bats to live at a farm you must provide living quarters.
-Bat boxes are man made homes for bats which can be easily built with pieces of plywood.
-Organic means produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial items.
Plants that produce their own insecticide, which led to a BT- resistant bugs.
Disappointing crop yields and doubt over the environmental benefits of reduced tilling
A human population that is unwittingly consuming BT, too, since the insecticide is part of GMO plants.
History of BT
Japanese biologist, Shigetane Ishiwatari was investigating the cause of the sotto disease that was killing large populations of silkworms when he first isolated the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) as the cause of the disease in 1901
Ernst Berliner isolated a bacteria that had killed a Mediterranean flour moth in 1911, and rediscovered Bt
Farmers started to use Bt as a pesticide in 1920.
For the purposes of this presentation the term 'conventional' denotes any method that does not qualify as organic or require genetic modification of the corn plant.
Common Conventional Pesticides
Indoxacarb is an insecticide that works by blocking sodium channels of insects' nerve system. Thiodicarb is an insecticide that works on most sweet corn insect pests. Both insecticides produce little to no harm to humans. The only cons of these insecticides are run-off pollution and that they are usually applied by crop dusters which produce air pollution.
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