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Researchers discover a creative way to reduce pesticides

Researchers have found a way to make cereal crops innately resilient to certain pests, thus boosting their yields. Their recent discovery could set us on a path to reducing the application of pesticides that harm wildlife and cause pollution. The findings, from a multinational team of Chinese, Swiss, and British researchers, revolve around an ingredient called 4-fluorophenoxyacetic (4-FPA), a compound that can be synthesized and applied to plants. The researchers discovered that when 4-FPA was dissolved in a solution and sprayed over rice plants, the treated crops were attacked much less by sap-sucking insects called planthoppers—a major cause of yield losses in cereal crops—than the non-treated plants were.  Read more.....



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