January 27, 2015

Researchers Identify Natural Plant Compounds That Work Against Insects

Each year millions of deaths result from diseases transmitted by insects.  Insects are also responsible for major economic losses, worth billions of dollars annually, by damaging crops and stored agricultural products.

Many currently available insecticides present environmental and health risks.  Further, insects develop resistance to existing insecticides, complicating pest-control strategies.  The need to develop novel effective insecticides is therefore urgent.