Is natural pesticide too hard on people?
A bacterium discovered in rotting onions might make a great substitute for pesticidesexcept that strains of the versatile microbe sometimes kill people.
1998. Burkholderia cepacia - Friend or Foe? American Phytopathological Society Symposium: Agenda and Presentation Summaries (Nov. 9). Available at http://www.scisoc.org/feature/BurkholderiaCepacia/agenda.htm.
Holmes, A., J. Govan, and R. Goldstein. 1998. Agricultural use of Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) cepacia: A threat to human health? Emerging Infectious Diseases 4(April-June).
Additional Web sites about Burkholderia cepacia are provided by the American Phytopathological Society at http://www.scisoc.org/feature/BurkholderiaCepacia/Links.htm.
University of Edinburgh Medical School
Imperial College School of Medicine
Oregon State University
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Corvallis, OR 97331
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