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How wasps and fungi can save crops

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

Blinking in the blazing Brazilian sun, a farmer looks up at the sound of an aeroplane, flying low over his sugarcane plantation in Sao Paulo.

A hatch suddenly opens, and a white cloud emerges.

It may look like pesticide, but these are live eggs falling down - from wasps.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

While I can certainly see the use of one bug to get rid of another bug, I think it's important that bugs which are native to the area are used, just in abundance. Otherwise you have a major problem with an invasive species.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

View PostLady Kasey, on 22 January 2013 - 04:03 PM, said:

While I can certainly see the use of one bug to get rid of another bug, I think it's important that bugs which are native to the area are used, just in abundance. Otherwise you have a major problem with an invasive species.

And what happens when these wasps in their turn become pests that need eradicating?


"Blinking in the blazing Brazilian sun, a farmer looks up at the sound of an aeroplane, flying low over his sugarcane plantation in Sao Paulo.

A hatch suddenly opens, and a white cloud emerges.

It may look like pesticide, but these are jars of strawberry jam."

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:00 PM

I hope they aren't sorry they did this and it doesn't start destroying beneficial bugs.





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