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Red alert for oilseed rape as colour change curbs pests

14By Matt McGrath
BBC News – Researchers at Rothamsted found that changing the colour of the crop’s petals from yellow to red can be an environmentally friendly method of controlling pollen beetles. This insect is becoming increasingly resistant to chemical pesticides. The study has been published in the journal Arthropod-Plant Interactions…. >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: BBC News, June 5th, 2013
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Blocking insect digestion to control pests

foto_dentro16873_1By Fábio Reynol
Agência FAPESP – A number of diseases that affect humans, such as dengue fever, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, and diseases that affect pests that destroy crops, such as cotton, sugarcane and banana, share something in common: they are all caused by insects.

An extensive study carried out at the Universidade de São Paulo Chemistry Institute (IQ/USP) used a unique approach to gain knowledge about different insects, namely, investigating their intestinal function. The study opened up new pathways for innovative pest control methods.

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