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New Insect Population Monitor Might Reduce Insecticide Use

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The latest statistics show insects did some $20 billion in crop damage and growers spent $4.5 billion on insecticides in 2010.

Purdue University researchers have created a new device they say may have worldwide impact on insect pest populations.

Spensa Technologies Vice President Tom Puterbaugh says the “Z-Trap” may also help reduce the amount of insecticides that are used in the environment. The device captures insect samples from the area where it‘s placed and sends data wirelessly to the farmer‘s smartphone or computer.

That information helps the grower get an idea about the possible insect population and thereby determine just how much insecticide to use in the area.

The latest statistics show insects did some $20 billion in crop damage and growers spent $4.5 billion on insecticides in 2010. Puterbaugh says the Z-Trap is already being used and they‘re sending a shipment for testing to growers in Australia.

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