04 Apr Sorghum Compounds Could Be Used as Insect Deterrent
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Research at Penn State University, published online in the Journal of Chemical Ecology, has shown that chemicals called flavonoids help provide sorghum plants resistance against corn leaf aphid. Scientists say the findings suggest that flavonoids could be developed into non-toxic insecticides to protect crops. Study leader Surinder Chopra notes that much work remains to be done, but he has applied for a patent on using flavonoids as insect deterrents.