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Beneficial Bugs Not Beneficial To Everything

posted on October 11, 2002

"Beneficial" bugs are not beneficial to everything.

A British researcher says it was once thought that "good" bugs would kill the "bad" bugs without environmental damage usually associated with pesticides.

However, he says, biological control is not risk-free. The introduction of new insects can indirectly affect other animals.

For example, flies that feed on weed seeds in Australia were so successful, the populations of a bird species which also relied on the seeds, suffered.


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