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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora 144

First time accepted submitter blinkin247 writes "The indiscriminate spraying of pesticides has probably caused as many problems as it has solved, but here's one that was not expected: some bacteria have decided that insecticide is a very tasty meal. Unfortunately for us, one of the strains of bacteria that has evolved the ability to digest the toxin happens to be able to find a home in an insect's gut. When it does so, it provides the insect with resistance."
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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora

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