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Bacterial Insecticide Resistance

By cultivating detoxifying bacteria in its gut, a pest called the bean bug can become instantly resistant to a common insecticide.

Japanese scientists have found that the bean bug, a major pest of soybean crops, swallows bacteria that breakdown an insecticide chemical. The bacteria allow the bug to continue munching on treated crops will no ill effects, according to a study published today (April 23) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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