Effects of consumption of Bt-maize (MON 810) on the Collembolan Folsomia candida, over multiple generations: A laboratory study

Gábor Bakonyi, Anna Dolezsai, Norbert Mátrai, András Székács

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The effect of long-term feeding on Bt-maize by collembolans in the laboratory is virtually unestablished. That is why the aim of the present study was to test whether the reproduction, fecal pellet production or food preference of the collembolan F. candida is affected when fed on Bt-maize for several consecutive generations. The collembolans were fed with Bt-maize for 0, 6, 16 and 22 months and the number of eggs and fecal pellets were determined. The experiment was repeated seven months later with the same populations. Food preference tests were additionally performed. Significant differences were found in food consumption, egg production and food preference between populations in some cases, but no time-response effect was observed. In conclusion, several generations feeding of F. candida on Cry1Ab toxin containing Bt-maize seems not to be harmful to this collembolan species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-252
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011



  • Bt-maize
  • Folsomia candida
  • Food preference
  • Life-history
  • Long-term

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science

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