A cry for help: Crops under attack emit cues for hungry birds

We humans are simple creatures — we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out for help. Science has known for a while that plants do something similar by letting out “sensory volatile cues,” like scents, when they’re under attack by hungry insects. The result is that birds will often pick up the cue, swoop […]

Nature could yield best pesticide solution yet

Cabbage loopers, beet army worms, corn rootworms, green peach aphids, spider mites and other crop-eating insects can be a major problem for farmers and their crops. But what if instead of turning to agricultural chemicals to deal with these pesky insects, there was a complete pesticide-free solution?

That may soon be the case, as a […]