rootworm

In the forest I thought was a woodlot,

where stood a birch of   darker bark:
by the thorns; by the flowers feeding

two bees w/ one seed—where the rootworm
wriggle; where the vegetation

vibrate  senseless to the sky—
there grew corn of     hedgerow by

wizard of the rhubarbstalk:
  who cast a spell upon

suburbia: to garden  go!
Two bee or not—the noun

be also verb. Remit!
He vouches for the magic—

how then knows the seed
when sky is blue? To cut

the worm again in half
by hoe—the trowel knows:

though tail turns not to head, the top
will sprout abottom new.

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Written May 2017.

So, I've come to the conclusion that Black Marsh is the Australia of Tamriel.
  • Argonian: Ok, so, first thing you should know is to not go in the forest alone because the Naga will kill you.
  • Man/Mer: I'm sorry-- the who?
  • Argonian: Also the wamasu, werelions, werecrocodiles, feather serpents, Swamp Leviathans, bloodflies, hackwings--
  • Man/Mer: All right! Don't go in the forest, got it.
  • Argonian: Swamp, neither! See that pool of slime over there? That's a Voriplasm. It can kill you by the time you reach the second syllable.
  • Man/Mer: wHY CAN EVERYTHING HERE KILL ME?!
  • Argonian: Also, I hope you've got some Resist Poison and Resist Disease on ya because the water's a *liiiittle* bit toxic. Also the air. And pretty much everything we eat.
  • Man/Mer: Oh, gods...
  • Argonian: And don't disrespect the Hist or *we'll* kill you.
  • Man/Mer: [whimpering]
  • Argonian: Oh, and see those bubbles in the water? That's--
  • Man/Mer: WHAT? HOW DO THE BUBBLES KILL ME?
  • Argonian: No, that's a rootworm. We use them to get around quickly. We don't have roads, after all.
  • Man/Mer: Oh. Oh, well at least there's one thi--
  • Argonian: But don't stay in too long or it'll digest you.
  • Man/Mer: AJFDLK;SAJFKDS
wired.com
Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It - Wired Science

Interesting article over at Wired, of all places, about BT corn and the increasing resistance of corn root worm to the BT toxin the genetically engineered corn produces.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens as the root worm resistance increases, and we start to see the same major infestations taking place that could decimate entire counties the way it did back in the 1970s and 80s.

You might not like the idea of GM corn, might object to it for ethical reasons, because of the loss of diversity, safety concerns, etc., but the fact remains that BT corn transformed the way we raise corn, eliminating the need to drench the fields with extreme toxic pesticides. We might not like BT corn itself, might have serious concerns about its safety, but one thing it did do was reduce the use of pesticides dramatically in the raising of corn.

But there were always issues with BT corn that were known from the very beginning, and the biggest was that eventually the root worm was going to become immune to it. While there were recommendations to help to prolong the amount of time BT corn would be effective, those methods would cost money, and what I find interesting is how American businesses are always willing to grab short term profits at the expense of their long term welfare. One of the reasons BT corn is starting to fail so quickly is because the big bio-tech companies that make BT corn and large scale farmers who plant it have refused to engage in techniques that would help reduce the speed with which the worms are evolving resistance to the BT toxin. By using larger ‘refuges’, by using crop rotation, etc. the speed with which the resistance is growing could be very significantly slowed. But what matters is profit NOW and the hell with the future. So those recommendations were largely ignored, and BT corn is starting to fail.

And there doesn’t seem anything in the pipeline to replace it, either, so at the moment we’re looking at a return to the days of deluging corn fields with toxic pesticides. Sigh…

Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It

One of agricultural biotechnology’s great success stories may become a cautionary tale of how short-sighted mismanagement can squander the benefits of genetic modification.

After years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.”

Read more from wired: http://goo.gl/OVQvWE