Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, June 1st, 1998
Experts on the bacterium, Burkholderia cepacia, are calling for a ban on its use in pest control until it is proved safe.
Good Bugs of Madison, a spin-off company from the University of Wisconsin, hopes that the bacterium will outcompete fungi that can grow on peas, maize, and potatoes, keeping the plants free from infection.
But B. cepacia can cause a severe and incurable lung infection in people with cystic fibrosis. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is blocking an application for...
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