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Weeds are winning the war against herbicide resistance

June 28th, 2018 / Scientific American

Herbicides are under evolutionary threat. Can modern agriculture find a new way to fight back?
For farmers, protecting fields from pests and plagues is a constant battle fought on multiple fronts. Many insects have a taste for the same plants humans do, and pathogenic microbes infect leaves, shoots and roots. Then …

What are superweeds

June 20th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Herbicide-resistant weeds—often referred to as “superweeds”—are nuisance plants that have developed resistance to one or more herbicides. They have been a serious problem for decades, but increasingly, GMO critics have focused criticism on weeds that have developed immunity to the popular herbicide glyphosate (patented as Roundup), which is often paired …