>> Am I missing something? Bt is a soil bacterium, though these
>> proteins may be novel in the corn plant aren't they pretty
>> innocuous and ordinary in a soil system?
>Yeah, I think you are right, but some people are very worried about putting
>these into the soil. Obviously, when the corn roots decompose, these things
Since you are with Pioneer, I'd expect you to know that the natural
toxin created by the Bt soil bacterium, which is in an inactive form,
is different from the toxin created by the Bt corn plant, which is
already in activated form. Are you claiming you didn't know they are
>go into the soil (along with all the other corn proteins). From what I know
>about soil microbiology, all these proteins, including Bt toxins, are eaten
>up pretty quick by the hungry flora.
Stotzky has just very recently published a study showing that the Bt
corn toxin persisted in the soil for more than 243 days. This study
was widely posted on the Internet.
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