Chemicals that make plants defend themselves could replace pesticides

Chemical triggers that make plants defend themselves against insects could replace pesticides, causing less damage to the environment. New research identifies five chemicals that trigger rice plants to fend off a common pest – the white-backed planthopper, Sogatella furcifera. Pesticides are used around the world to control insects that destroy crops. However, in recent years their use has been criticized, because of the detrimental effect they can have on ecosystems, ravaging food chains and damaging the environment. One of the problems with many pesticides is that they kill indiscriminately. —> Read More