From lethal spider toxins to eco-friendly pesticides
Biological insecticides are naturally derived pesticides that represent an environmentally friendly alternative to many of the existing pesticides used in agriculture. More recently, spider toxins have been employed to develop highly specific pest control agents that have been introduced to the market.
Potato famine genome secrets unlocked
Using historical botanical collections, scientists have unlocked the genetic code of potato blight – the disease behind the great Irish Potato Famine. New study shows what made the potato famine so ruthlessly dangerous and why it’s still costing billions to fight it.