Tag Archives: animal plant warfare

Regulating in response to evolution?

One of the questions that became apparent while writing Unnatural Selection was, could the risk of evolution become part of the regulatory process? Here is a bit of a Wall Street Journal article by Jacob Bunge reporting on EPA’s attempt to reign in evolution in response to rootworm-resistant corn (i.e. Bt corn.) A product that […]

Changing the world gene by gene

Here’s the skinny: evolution is happening all the time, all around us. Living things are like one roiling mass of DNA. OK, so that’s a little over the top. But DNA is far more dynamic than once believed, and our use of toxic chemicals — from antibiotics to pesticides — is making this abundantly clear. […]

Sometimes, Enough is as good as a feast in the war between plants and animals

A recent study brings to mind the English proverb “Enough is as good as a feast.” Sometimes “enough” can save your life if you are a woodrat forced to dine on Juniper.  The study also provides a couple of nice examples of life’s response to biologically produced toxins in the context of the endless war […]