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A team of scientists from two laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hopes to unleash a new bacterium with insect-thwarting properties. The bacterium, Photorhabdus luminescens, contains a toxin that has proven effective against a broad array of insect pests - from cockroaches to boll weevils - and promises to become a potent, safe and environmentally benign weapon in the war against insect pests.

NASHVILLE - In the world of biological pest control, Bacillus thurengensis, Bt for short, is the king of insecticides.


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