Source: University of Arizona

Using pests as part of an insect birth control program helps to get rid of them, University of Arizona researchers have found.

The new approach that combines the planting of pest-resistant cotton and releasing large numbers of sterile moths has virtually eliminated one of the world's most destructive cotton pests from Arizona fields.

The novel control strategy, described in the Nov. 7 advance online publication of the journal Nature Biotechnology, has allowed growers to maintain high cotton yields without spraying insecticides to control pink bollworm. 

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