Diamondback Moth Information and Resources

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For media-related inquiries regarding the Diamondback Moth project, please contact associate dean for marketing and communications Samara Sit at samara.sit@cornell.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Diamondback Moth Project at Cornell University FAQ

Field Cage Trials

2015 Diamondback Moth Field Cage Trials Summary

In the News

Genetically engineered moths have been released into the wild to wipe out pests

By Kristen Rogers | February 3, 2020

Genetically engineered moth released for first time

By Brooks Hays | January 31, 2020

Genetically engineered moths can knock down crop pests, but will they take off?

Science Magazine
By Erik Stokstad | January 30, 2020

Genetically Engineered Insects Next For Agriculture?

Farm Journal
By Chris Bennett | December 26, 2017

VIDEO: Scientists say experiment using genetically-engineered moths to stop pests was a ‘success’

WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY
By Charles Molineaux | October 24, 2017

GM moths with autocidal gene tested outdoors in New York state

Nature Biotechnology
By Emily Waltz | October 2017

Gene-altered moth trial in Ontario County raises hopes — and worries

The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY
By Julie Sherwood | September 21, 2017

Genetically Modified Moths Come to New York

The Atlantic
By Sarah Zhang | September 8, 2017

Scientists Try To Fight Crop Damage With An Invasive Moth’s Own DNA

By Devin Powell | August 28, 2017

Sex Battle in the Sky: Genetically Modified Moths to Take Flight in New York

Scientific American
By Devin Powell | August 25, 2017

Letter: Professors explained importance of insect control

Letter to the Editor, Published in Finger Lakes Times
By Chad Kayser | August 22, 2017

Researchers test self-destructive moth pest in cabbage patch

Written by Associated Press
By Mary Esch | May 30, 2017

After Mosquitos, Moths Are the Next Target For Genetic Engineering

By Nathaniel Scharping | May 10, 2017

Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts on GMO Moth: “Food Security Challenge Ahead Is Formidable”

By Kavin Senapathy | May 4, 2017

Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad?

Published by Modern Farmer
By Brian Barth | March 22, 2015

This tiny moth is stirring up the GMO debate in New York

Published by The Washington Post
By Chelsea Harvey | November 20, 2015

Safe Sex for Insects: Ag Station officials explain genetically modified moth program

Published by The Finger Lakes Times
By Jim Miller | September 24, 2015

Connections: Safe Sex for Insects

Radio show hosted by Evan Dawson on WEOS and WXXI, Rochester, Geneva, Ithaca NY
 September 21, 2015

Saving Crops with GM Moths, Instead of Pesticides

Published by American Council on Science and Health
By Gil Ross | September 9, 2015

Forget insecticides.  Scientists are making pests that destroy themselves

Published by Grist
By Suzanne Jacobs | August 31, 2015

Replacing pesticides with genetics

Published in The New York Times
By Devin Powell | August 31, 2015

Genetically modified moths could save crops

Published by IFLscience!
By Caroline Reid | July 22, 2015

Scientists breed genetically modified moths to curb global pest problem costing farmers billions of dollars

Published by The Independent (UK)
By Kashmira Gander | July 17, 2015

New moth may curb pests, delay Bt crop resistance

Published by The Cornell Chronicle (US)
By Krishna Ramanujan | July 16, 2015

Video: GM moth bred to combat crop pests

Published by Farmers Weekly (UK)
By Philip Case | July 16, 2015

GM moths ‘can curb pest invasion’

Published by BBC News (UK)
By Paul Rincon , Science Editor | July 16, 2015

Genetically engineered moths could be released in Britain to save crops

Published in The Telegraph (UK)
By Sarah Knapton , Science Editor | July 16, 2015 1:00 am BST

Press Releases

Oxitec ‘self-limiting gene’ offers hope for controlling invasive moth without using pesticides

Released 16 July 2015 by Oxitec Ltd, Oxford, UK



The Diamondback Moth: pest control without pesticide

Safe Sex for Insects: Public Forum and Seminar held at Hobart and William Colleges September 24 2015

Journal Articles


Response to a Synthetic Pheromone Source by OX4319L, a Self-Limiting Diamondback Moth Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) Strain, and Field Dispersal Characteristics of its Progenitor Strain

Published in Journal of Economic Entomology
Michael Bolton, Hilda L. Collins, Tracey Chapman, Neil I. Morrison,
Stefan J. Long, Charles E. Linn, JR. and Anthony M. Shelton
Journal of Economic Entomology, 112: 1004 – 1009.
doi: 10.1093/jee/toz056

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Pest control and resistance management through release of insects carrying a male-selecting transgene

Published as an open-access article on 16 July 2015 in BMC Biology
Tim Harvey-Samuel, Neil I. Morrison, Adam S. Walker, Thea Marubbi, Ju Yao, Hilda L. Collins, Kevin Gorman, T. G. Emyr Davies, Nina Alphey, Simon Warner, Anthony M. Shelton and Luke Alphey
BMC Biology 2015, 13:49

Download now. This article is open-access.

Oxitec trials GM sterile moth to combat agricultural infestations

Published on 07 August 2015 in Nature Biotechnology
Emily Walsh
Nature Biotechnology 33: 792-793 (2015)

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Social Media Resources

Resource Shortlink
FAQ Diamondback moth Project (this page)
Discover magazine – Genetically modified moth article (16 July 2015)
Telegraph (UK) – Genetically modified moth could help UK crops(16 July 2015)
BBC News (UK) – GM moth ‘could curb pest invasion (16 July 2015)
Farmers Weekly (UK) – Video: GM moth bred to combat crop pests (16 July 2015)
Cornell Chronicle (US) – New moth may curb pests, delay Bt resistance (16 July 2015)
The Independent (UK) – Scientists breed genetically modified moths to curb global pest problems (17 July 2015)
Oxitec ‘Self-limiting gene’ Press Release (16 July 2015)
The Diamondback Moth: pest control without pesticide
BMC Biology article (16 July 2015)

Biology, ecology and management of insect pests affectiing vegetables and other crops