Bacillus thuringiensis

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Ba·cil·lus thu·rin·gi·en·sis

a bacterial species that is an insect pathogen used for vector control that has been implicated in human and mammalian infections. In the laboratory it may be misdiagnosed as a strain of Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus thuringiensis

(Bt) an entomopathogenic BACILLUS species that produces a TOXIN called delta (8) endotoxin, which kills insect larvae. The organism is used as a microbial INSECTICIDE for the BIOLOGICAL CONTROL of various LEPIDOPTERA. Genes for the toxin have been transferred to plants by GENETIC ENGINEERING techniques to make them insect-tolerant. See also BIOPESTICIDE.
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Sandro Rissi, Monsanto Philippines chief executive officer, said in an interview with reporters on Wednesday that in a bid to boost market share in the Philippine market, the company is planning to introduce more products into the country, which involves varieties of genetically-enhanced hybrid corn seeds with Bacillus Thurengensis (BT) trait.
Shiva has also written a letter to Ramesh highlighting that safety tests have not been carried out on modified Bacillus thurengensis , the bacterium whose genes have been used to create the pestresistant brinjals.
Genetically modified Bt crops insert an engineered version of a natural soil bacterium, known as bacillus thurengensis (Bt), into the crop.