Apple growers send out bat signal in fight against pests
With the insect population of Israel's apple orchards growing, bats are coming to the rescue, a new study shows.
Apple growers in Israel appear to have unwittingly enlisted the help of super-powered nighttime avengers in their battle against pests. Insectivorous bats, which are an effective alternative to chemical insecticides, defend the apple orchards not out of a sense of justice, but mostly because they offer a more bountiful bug buffet than do natural forests, a recently published study shows.
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