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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Currently, our main defence against crop pests is synthetic pesticides- but using them comes at a cost. By contrast, biological controls use pests' natural enemies, predators and parasitoids, to defeat them without collateral damage to beneficial insects or the environment.
The Conversation, Published 16th May 2018
RNA clay offers green alternative to plant pesticides

RNA clay offers green alternative to plant pesticides

A nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) developed by scientists at the University of Queensland could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.
Neena Bhandari, SciDev.Net, Published 29th Jan 2017
New DNA tests detect resistant insects – before they attack your stored grain

New DNA tests detect resistant insects – before they attack your stored grain

New DNA tests for pesticide-resistant critters developed by researchers at New South Wales’ Yanco Agricultural Institute could revolutionise the way we protect valuable stored grain from insect pests.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th Dec 2015
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