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Bacillus thuringiensis: Biology, Ecology and Safety

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Bacillus thuringiensis: Biology, Ecology and Safety

Travis R. Glare, Maureen O'Callaghan

ISBN: 978-0-471-49630-4 October 2000 368 Pages

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Provides a definitive source of information on the environmental, non-target and human safety aspects of using the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) as a biological control agent. B.t. is used worldwide as an effective agent for controlling many species of insect pest, either by crop spraying or genetic engineering of crop plants. Recently questions have been raised due to health concerns over inhalation of the bacterial spores, and fears of gene-swapping. This reference provides a well-balanced comprehensive discussion on the subject.
Characterisation.

Natural Occurrence and Role in the Environment.

Production and Formulation.

Toxicity to Insects.

Effects on Non-target Microbes and Invertebrates.

Effects on Vertebrates.

Persistence and Activity in the Environment.

Insect and Environmental Factors Affecting Toxicity.

Transmission and Dispersal.

Effects in Combination with Other Insecticidal Agents.

Gene Transfer.

Transgenic Use of Bt Toxin Genes.

Resistance.

Conclusions: Safety and Risks.

References.

Appendices.

Index.
"The book can be recommended as a comprehensive and valuable source of information" (Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol 158/7, 2001)
"This is a useful complement to the Bacillus thuringiensis literature that will find application in both teaching and research." (Microbiology Today, February 2002)
"I recognise and salute the Herculean effort that was involved in producing a review of this scope and magnitude" (Biocontrol Science & Technology, No. 12 2002)