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Research investigates potential of neem seed oil as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived oils

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Research investigates potential of neem seed oil as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-derived oils

 

Research in the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering has investigated the potential of neem seed oil as a sustainable bio-lubricant to replace conventional petroleum-derived oils.

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What causes pest outbreaks?

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What causes pest outbreaks?

 

Insectomania.org lists several causes of agricultural pest outbreaks that you should know.

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AI-Powered Weed Zapper kills weeds without pesticides

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AI-Powered Weed Zapper kills weeds without pesticides

 

Self-driving weed-zapping machines made by Carbon Robotics technology gives farmers a way to eliminate weeds without pesticides.

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When Good Intentions Have Devastating Results

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When Good Intentions Have Devastating Results

 

Rachel Carson was an American hero. In the early 1960s, she was the first to warn that a pesticide called DDT could accumulate in the environment, the first to show that it could harm fish, birds, and other wildlife, the first to warn that its overuse would render it ineffective, and the first to predict that more natural means of pest control – like bacteria that killed mosquito larvae – should be used instead.

Unfortunately, the PBS documentary neglected to mention that in her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, Carson had made one critical mistake – and it cost millions of people their lives.

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