Apple growers use bats as biological pest control
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.
The study – published by the Israel Society of Ecology & Environmental Sciences Hebrew-language "Ecology & Environment: Journal for Science and Environmental Policy" – was conducted by researchers from Tel Hai Academic College, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel’s Mammal Center and the Migal Galilee Research Institute.
Originally published in Ha'aretz
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