Crop Meta-Analysis Find Ants Help Control Certain Pests

(IRN) – A meta-analysis of crops has found that ants rival pesticides at controlling some agriculture pests.

A meta-analysis of farmland crops has found that ants rival pesticides at controlling some agriculture pests.

The study, published in the Proceedings of Royal Society B, examined 52 studies across 17 crops.

Illinois scientist Scott Clem said ants can protect valuable crops by eating caterpillars and other detrimental insects. Field borders of native prairie plants can be used to attract ants to fields.

Clem said farmers can encourage beneficial insects at home by not clearing out all of the fallen leaves during autumn.

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