28 Jun '14, 9am

#Wildlife campaigners alarmed by latest #GM plan @Greenhouse_PR

#Wildlife campaigners alarmed by latest #GM plan @Greenhouse_PR

Wildlife charity Buglife is worried that this will create chemical smog over the landscape confusing herbivores and their enemies and damaging the natural ecosystems. In this case the wheat produces (E)-β-farnesene, an aphid alarm pheromone that they produce to alert one another to danger. An odour also produced by some plants as a natural defence mechanism. Not only does this chemical repel aphids, it also attracts their natural predators. Matt Shardlow, CEO, commented, "it would seem logical that the effects of introducing a field of crops that repels herbivores and attracts predators would be to increase yield in that field, but to reduce yield in the surrounding fields - which would have more herbivores and fewer predators. Imagine being the farmer with the one unprotected field in the area, surrounded by fields repelling herbivores and attracting predators, a lik...

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