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Food crops could be engineered to summon wasps that kill deadly plant pests

Plagued by stemborers, a type of crop parasitism, maize can launch a chemical defense that essentially calls in the cavalry ...
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With neonicotinoid insecticides banned, wasps might help UK canola growers combat cabbage stem flea beetle

Researchers have determined that the Microctonus brassicae wasp species, and genetically similar parasitic wasps, could be used in controlled conditions ...
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‘Nature’s pest controllers’: How wasps reduce chemical pesticide use in farming

Scientists have put together a map of the UK's wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by ...
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