LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- Somewhere, my high school English teacher is smiling. It turns out words really do matter as much as sticks and stones, a lesson the agricultural industry is learning the hard way.
As insect resistance to Bt proteins continues to mount across the world, some scientists are worried that squabbles over the very definition of the word "resistance" are limiting our ability to act quickly against it.
The problem has played out like a textbook lesson on the importance of semantics.
Most academic scientists such as University of Arizona entomologist Bruce Tabashnik define "resistance" in insects as ...