Biotechnology and Insects

Bryony C. Bonning

Iowa State University

Biotechnology can be broadly defined to include all practical uses of living organisms. As such, biotechnology has been practiced since the beginning of recorded history through endeavors such as fermentation of microorganisms for production of beer, selective breeding of crops, beekeeping for the production of honey, and maintenance of silkworms for the production of silk. Laboratory techniques developed within the last 20 years that enable transfer of genes from one organism to another have resulted in tremendous scientific and commercial interest and investment in biotechnology. The word "biotechnology" is now commonly used to refer to manipulation of organisms at the molecular level. This article reviews insect-derived tools used for biotechnological research and the use of recombinant DNA technology for management of insect pests and insect-borne disease.

Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

Make money with honey How to be a Beekeeper. Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby or you can turn it into a lucrative business. The choice is yours. You need to know some basics to help you get started. The equipment needed to be a beekeeper. Where can you find the equipment you need? The best location for the hives. You can't just put bees in any spot. What needs to be considered when picking the location for your bees?

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