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.
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.
Photo by David Huth.
Published 16 May 2018.