Scientists plan to fight insect pests by turning their own hormones against them

27 abril 2015

The economic cost of agricultural pests is extremely difficult to estimate, but biological threats such as insects and disease account for around 40% of all crop losses globally. The rising need for food worldwide necessitates ever more effective methods in the fight against agricultural pests. By 2017, the world is expected to spend more than 65 billion USD annually on pesticides. At the same time, there is a pressing need to develop «greener» pesticides that target damaging insects while sparing beneficial ones.