Researchers Just Made It Easier and Cheaper to Confuse Crop Pests

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While using mating pheromones is a much safer pest control method than pesticides, many farmers don’t use them because they’re expensive. But there has been a recent development that makes them cheaper to synthesise. Camelina plants have been genetically modified to produce seeds that contain a fatty acid that’s a precursor to insect mating pheromones. Pheromones synthesised using the Camelina fatty acids are estimated to cost between $70 and $125 per kilogram, less than half the cost of current methods and on par with pesticide prices. Read full article here

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