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Natural insecticides are proven yet again to be more effective than toxic synthetics

Why use commercial pesticides that are harmful to human health and the environment when there are safe and more effective natural ones are available? A study published in the journal Industrial Crops and Products discovered that plants native in Chile, such as canelo (Drimys winteri), tabaco del diablo (Lobelia tupa), huevil (Vestia foetida), and violeta (Viola portalesia), can be used as natural insecticides.  In the study, a team of researchers from Chile tested the effectiveness of the Chilean plants canelo, tabaco del diablo, huevil, and violeta as natural insecticides. The research team used the extracts and compounds of the Chilean plants to test their insecticidal activities against granary weevil (Sitophilus granarius), which is one of the most common and damaging pests of stored cereals. Read more...

 

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