December 29, 2011
Israel introduces new environmentally-friendly pesticide
Researchers from Israel's Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) have developed an inexpensive "environmentally-friendly" replacement to many toxic pesticides.
A research team led by Dr. Shmuel Gan-Mor of the ARO's Engineering Institute has produced what he said is an emulsion based on edible oil that is effective against pests on tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and other vegetables.
The multispectral spray works against "diseases, insects, fungi and agricultural pests, such as mites, Sternorrhyncha, powdery mildew," and pests are unable to develop a resistance to the mixture during the growing season, said Gan-Mor.
The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry said in a press release that the new pesticide, which costs about one US dollar per litre, is safe for immediate harvesting and has a long shelf life.