Gene drives in Wisconsin agriculture: What are they, and should you support it?

Jones, M. and Mitchell, P. D.,  Renk Agribusiness Institute,  2019.

Spotted wing drosophila and citrus psyllid are not serious economic problems for Wisconsin agriculture. However, these and other smaller, geographically limited applications of gene drives are excellent ways to prove the concept and refine the methods. Pending the outcome of these limited-scale applications, we are likely to eventually see implications for row crop agriculture such as the management of serious and widespread pests such like corn rootworm, European corn borer, soybean aphid and Colorado potato beetle. Applications which could provide tremendous benefits to Wisconsin producers.