Australia’s University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture have made a discovery that may eventually impact pest control worldwide. The collaborative effort has resulted in the identification of the gene responsible for an insect’s resistance to phosphine fumigation, a common treatment for pests used worldwide, particularly by farmers and grain handlers.
According to Paul Ebert of the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Studies, “The discovery of the resistance gene is the first step in identifying ways in which the resistant insects are also vulnerable – their Achilles heel, so to speak.”
Many countries are reliant on phosphine fumigation for agricultural uses. By identifying insect resistance to the product, scientists expect to develop more effective and less expensive products for insect control.Fumigation, Insect, Insect Control, Pest Control