bacillus thuringienses

Bacillus thuringiensis

[thoo-rin-jee-en-sis]
noun
a bacterium used in genetically altered form in the biological control of budworms, gypsy moth larvae, Japanese beetles, and other insect pests. Abbreviation: B.t.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1915): Thuringian bacillus; so named in reference to its discovery in larvae of Mediterranean flour moths from a mill in Thuringia

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