How can we prevent insect Armageddon


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Insecticides: how do they work and how can we develop more effective and sustainable pest control strategies, with a reduced environmental impact.

It’s estimated that there are 5.5 million insect species on Earth, says Phil Batterham, Professor Emeritus at the School of BioSciences and the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne. “Those that are pests may number in hundreds, so it’s a minority of insects that cause damage in agriculture.



Episode recorded: June 15, 2021.

Interviewer: Dr Andi Horvath.

Producer, audio engineer and editor: Chris Hatzis.

Co-producers: Silvi Vann-Wall and Dr Andi Horvath.

First published on 1 November 2021.

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