Journal article

The future of pest control lies within (the pest)

A Fournier-Level

Australasian Science | Control Publications (Australia) | Published : 2017


Between 1845 and 1847, the potato blight (Phytophtora infestans) ravaged Ireland, where potato was the staple crop, causing the death of more than a million people and forcing the emigration of another two million. The Great Famine added another hallmark to the long list of plagues humanity has faced, along with the plagues of Egypt in the Bible or locust plagues during the Yuan and Ming dynasties. The Green Revolution over the first half of the 20th century owed itself to the widespread application of chemistry in agriculture. Here, Fournier-Level discusses how gene drives can improve global food security.

University of Melbourne Researchers