Monday, August 18, 2003

Australia: pheromones everywhere and nary a female

They're trying something novel in Australia to stop fruit moths from destroying peach and nectarine harvests. Residents of this one farming town are being asked to put pheromone emmiters in their backyards. The male moths find female moths by tracking the pheromones the females release. And the idea is that the pheromone emmiters will release a lot of synthetic pheromones, overwhelming and confusing the males ... to the point that they'll be unable to track down a real female moth. Over time, end of your pesky moth problem.

Brilliant!!

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