American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The pink bollworm.
- n. See corn earworm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The larva or caterpillar of a lepidopterous insect of the family Noctuidæ, Heliothis armigera, very destructive in some seasons to the cotton-crop on account of its attacks on the bolls. It also molests other plants, and is known, under varying circumstances, as the bod-worm, corn-worm, ear-worm, tassel-worm, and tomato-fruit worm. See cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The larva of a moth (Heliothis armigera) which devours the bolls or unripe pods of the cotton plant, often doing great damage to the crops.
- n. any of various moth caterpillars that destroy cotton bolls
“(From Chittenden, U.S. Department of Agriculture)] = The tomato fruit worm = (Fig. 40) known as the bollworm of cotton and the ear worm of corn, is frequently the cause of serious trouble to tomato growers, especially in the southern states, due to its pernicious habit of eating into and destroying the green and ripening fruit.”
“Farm and agro-processing workers: Climate change will make water scarce and more costly, spread pests like the Mediterranean fruit fly and the bollworm, increase plant-and-animal killing heat spells, reduce winter chilly spells many plants need, and raise the price of fuel and fertilizer.”
“We have an emergence of resistance in the bollworm in India, she said.”
“Shiva sees the latest news about Bt cotton's inability to combat the bollworm as a ploy by Monsanto to win support for its next generation of Bt cotton "It's like the pesticide treadmill … when you have resistance to [one type of GM seed] you use a more lethal pesticide," she says.”
“Reports coming in from four districts of India's Gujarat state indicated that the company's seeds had not been able to prevent a pest called the pink bollworm from attacking cotton crops.”
“Bt, which introduces a gene into seeds to disrupt the bollworm insect that plagues cotton crops, has lifted India's cotton production from 190 million bales in 2003 to 310 million bales currently, according to Satish Kagliwal, managing director of Nath Biogene, a seed-manufacturing company in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city, which sells a Bt cotton seed called Fusion and so-called "hybrid" seeds for a variety of other crops.”
“Bt cotton, even though promoted as resistant to the bollworm, has created new pests, and to control these new pests, farmers are using 13 times more pesticides then they were using prior to introduction of Bt cotton," she wrote in the Huffington Post article.”
“Search in Pakistan for parasites, predators and pathogens of the pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossypiella and their introduction into infested areas of the U. S.A: June 1971 - June 1976 by M.”
“Monsanto, a St. Louis chemical company, expects to put many such products on the market before the end of the decade, including cotton resistant to the cotton bollworm and a potato that kills the Colorado potato beetle.”
“In India, an indigenous seed company, Navbharat Seeds Pvt.Ltd. of Gujarat brought a bollworm-resistant seed, Navbharat-151, to market in 1999.”
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