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Submission + - Insects develop pesticide resistance through symbiosis with gut flora (arstechnica.com)

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 one 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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