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Flower Strips and Trap Crops Combine for More Effective Pest Control

The Organic Center reports on a study published in the journal Insects that showed flower strips and trap crops are more effective at pest-insect control when used in combination. The study showed that while pest insects were drawn into the trap crop, natural predators established themselves in the flower-strip habitat and were able to control pests in the cash crop. The study was led by the University of Missouri and involved organic cabbage plantings that included the insectary plants sweet alyssum and buckwheat with a trap crop of mustard, kale, and collards.