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Insect scientists say biotech corn is losing its ability to fend off a major insect pest known as the corn rootworm.  The scientists say continued widespread use of genetically-modified corn will only make the problem worse.

Newscast for March 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Rick Santorum, victorious in Kansas, makes a stop in Missouri.
  • MU researchers develop new form of electric car battery.
  • Scientists worry about corn protection after learning a pesticide is failing to fend off the corn rootworm.
Eric Durban / Harvest Public Media

Corn has been the engine behind the ethanol industry for years, and that food vs. fuel debate doesn't look to end anytime soon.  But as researchers work to unlock the biofuels potential in crop residue and other biomass, a refinery is being built in Kansas may help take the industry to another level.

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