Air pollution threatens natural pest control methods in sustainable farming

When fields of oilseed rape are exposed to diesel exhaust and/or ozone — both found in emissions from diesel burning vehicles and industry — the number of parasitic insects available to control aphids drops significantly, according to research published today.When fields of oilseed rape are exposed to diesel exhaust and/or ozone — both found in emissions from diesel burning vehicles and industry — the number of parasitic insects available to control aphids drops significantly, according to research published today.

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