Oxitec GM DBM trials show good results
Results of field trials of UK-based biotechnology company Oxitec’s (Abingdon, Oxfordshire) genetically modified diamondback moths (DBM - Plutella xylostella) show “dramatically” reduced moth populations. The moths have been modified to produce female offspring that die before maturity. They carry a colour marker for monitoring. The results from trials by scientists from the US, UK and China show that DBM populations in greenhouses were well controlled within eight weeks. The company succeeded in producing the GM moths in 2012.