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Chinese develop agrochemical capsule

Chinese researchers have developed a capsule that shields pesticides from ultra-violet light. The use of porous hollow silica nanoparticles extended the degradation time of the insecticide/acaricide, avermectin, in sunlight to 12 hours, twice the normal period. This would make pesticides more effective and reduce the amount required by farmers, concludes the research team led by Dr Li-Xiong Wen of Beijing University of Chemical Technology.



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