Study: Breeding red oilseed rape may deter pollen beetles

06/10/2013 | BBC

Changing the color of oilseed rape petals from yellow to blood red shows promise as an environmentally friendly way to protect the crop against pollen beetles, according to researchers at Britain's Rothamsted Research. The beetles, which are developing resistance to chemical pesticides, were far less attracted to red petals than the oilseed rape's natural yellow hue, according to a study published in the journal Arthropod-Plant Interactions.

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