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Push-pull pest control

A pest control strategy dubbed "push-pull" farming may provide a cost-effective method of pest control for farmers in developing countries, according to a study by the UK research institute, Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire). The technique entails mixing field crops with plants that "push" insect pests by repelling them, while planting diversionary trap plants that "pull" pests by attracting them. The approach harnesses the power of semiochemicals to control the behaviour pattern of insects.



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