Killing bugs the natural way
Insecticides are toxic substances used to kill insects. Essential in modern agriculture, synthetic insecticides are effective in preventing crop losses and lowering the cost of farming but this practice has resulted in environmental contamination. For instance, the accumulation of some insecticides in the environment may harm wildlife and humans. The EU-funded PestiSi project is developing a natural alternative that can be applied during long-term grain storage. It’s based on formulated diatomaceous earth, which is made up of the fossilised remains of plankton. While it can kill any insect with an exoskeleton, it is completely harmless to humans and other mammals. The project will develop the commercialisation strategy and manage distribution channels.
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