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New method uses "super-sexed" but sterile male insects for sustainable pest control

Agricultural researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are developing an improved method for sustainable pest control using "super-sexed" but sterile male insects to copulate with female ones.

The scientists thus hope to offer yet another efficient and promising avenue for supplying produce to the market by eliminating pests without damage to the environment.

An assortment of chemicals, such as DDT, have been employed since early in the last century to control crop pests or carriers of diseases.

However, this approach has led to the evolution of resistance to pesticides and has severely negative impact on human health and the environment.
 
 

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