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Rather Than Slaughter Crop-Killing Straight Moths, Scientists Turn Them Gay

“Codling Moths lay their larvae on apple and pear trees and the worms can ruin entire harvests by tunnelling through the fruit. Previously, the only way to prevent them killing crops was spraying fruit with pesticides, which had the effect of killing other harmless insects and disrupting the food chain. Instead, scientists at Sainsburys have discovered a method to coat the larvae with female pheromones, which are usually used by females to attract males. The method means that males are attracted to other males and females remain unfertilised, preventing reproduction.” Who’s going to be the first to scream unethical? [PN]

By:           editor editor
On:           Apr 14, 2010
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  • 3 Comments
    • Nick
      Nick

      …If they’re attracted to larvae, doesn’t that technically make them pedophile moths?

      The Vatican is going to have a field day.

      Apr 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TonyD
      TonyD

      Property values are gonna sky rocket, then what are the farmers gonna do?

      Apr 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      @TonyD: lol!

      Apr 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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