Scientists Claim Pest Control Breakthrough

Australian and British scientists have achieved a technical breakthrough to help control insects that have developed resistance to common agricultural pesticides. Developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Rothamsted Research in the UK, the technique relies on the use of naturally occurring enzyme inhibitors to disarm an insect’s defence system. The enzyme inhibitor acts first to shut down an insect’s resistance mechanisms. A few hours later, while the bug’s defences are still low, the pesticide kicks in

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