Newest weapon to fight invasive Japanese beetle: geraniums

Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service have learned that feeding on Pelargonium spp. causes the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) to become temporarily paralyzed. So entomologist Chris Ranger is trying to work out a way to use the geranium’s chemistry to control these invasive insects which feed on a wide variety of ornamental and agricultural plants. Read more here.

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