A small moth could become the newest weapon in Colombia’s war on drugs. The caterpillars of Eloria noyesi, also known as the cocaine. Gene. Jan 17;(1) Epub Nov Molecular cloning and functional characterization of the dopamine transporter from Eloria noyesi. Descriptions and articles about the Cocaine Tussock Moth, scientifically known as Eloria noyesi in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Physical Description; T.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. If these moths consume plants other than those that produce coca, their large-scale release into the wild could have severe ramifications on those ecosystems. For additional news and analysis on Latin America, please go to: Photos Submit to Our Contest. However, there’s a lot of work to be done before the plan could elorka viable, writes Rueda, the most important being to make sure to get the right species of moth.

He hopes that further research will be conducted to solidify the notion that the Eloria Noyesi only consumes the two species coca plants that can be utilized for cocaine production.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The takeaway here is that the group elpria able to selectively narrow down on the cocaine-DAT interaction making a nice little model to dissociate DAT-mediated from serotonin and norepinephrine transporter mediated effects of cocaine. What does this have to do with grant review? Notify me of new comments via email. After all, life span of the moth does not exceed 30 days, and for this reason, overpopulation is hardly of noyei.


It turns out that the DATs were pretty similar and highly homologous to DAT from other invertebrate and vertebrate species.

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In vivo microdialysis, voltammetry and patch clamp data were supportive. Aerial spraying has been used to control illegal coca crops, which provide drug cartels with the raw material needed for cocaine production. Email Address never made public.

The last documented instance of Eloria Noyesi affecting coca crops occurred in Peru and caused significant financial damages in that country. The rebel groups that produce cocaine often employ armed guards to protect the coca crops, making manual eradication dangerous work. Enter your email address. The primary concern regarding the plausibility of this anti-narcotic alternative is the potential for environmental degradation. The insatiable appetite that the Eloria Noyesi caterpillars have for coca plants is well-documented in Colombia society.

Subscribe Top Menu Current Issue. Further research needs to be conducted before policy makers decide on the issue. You are commenting using your Twitter account. And I can also imagine if they said in advance that they were going to clone the E. Selectivity being good in pharmacology, of course. A book published by the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.

Looking at Artists Looking at Themselves. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log nkyesi DM on Citing review articles robs th…. The fact that this species has successfully ruined wloria production and affects the thinking of coca growers speaks to the threat that it poses. When it was first proposed inofficials in the Colombian government said the proposal was an interesting alternative to spraying herbicides from above.

Gonzalo Andrade, for example, is concerned that the moth may harm the other species of coca plants that have traditional uses. The use of the Eloria Noyesi for anti-narcotic operations appears plausible because its caterpillars feast on coca plants.


DrugMonkey biomedical research, just another job…. Unleashing a hoard of caterpillars on the plants could also simply mean that cociane growers will turn to a hoard of insecticides to kill them, which could have other health drawbacks as well.

Well, it points out that first, research ideas are based on observation. Some officials from the Colombian and United States governments, which provides financial backing for the spraying, argue that cocaine is a greater health risk than the herbicides. There have been multiple instances recorded where the Eloria Noyesi species decimated coca production. Science Age of Humans. Kandas on Comparing Cannabis nouesi Nicotin….

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Sometimes weird ones, sometimes unique ones. The plan would go something like this: Please accept this article as a free contribution from COHA, but if re-posting, please afford authorial and institutional attribution. Last week, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced that the country would stop using a controversial herbicide, glyphosate, to destroy cocaine crops, writes Manuel Rueda for Fusion. Comment on this Story. Now accepting submis… on Unpaid internships are a syste….

In the meantime, the argument over whether to use glyphosate herbicides continues. This idea isn’t exactly popular. At the Smithsonian Visit. Humans Reached the Roof of the World 40, Years.