The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Insect pests cause a huge amount of damage to crops globally. In Australia alone, pests are responsible for around A$360 million of crop losses a year, writes Biology's Dr Lizzy Lowe with the University of  New England's Dr Manu Saunders for The Conversation.

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Controlling pest outbreaks is crucial for food security and human health. Since the 1940s, our primary defence against crop pests has been synthetic pesticides. But using pesticides comes at a huge cost.

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Photo by David Huth.

Published 16 May 2018.

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