The Surprising Benefits of Pest Damage

Plants are masters of chemical pest control

Throughout their lives, plants are constantly creating chemical concoctions and storing them in their cells. Commonly referred to as phytochemicals, these chemicals come in a wide variety of types, from the aromatic and ant-warding menthol made in mints to the alkaloids present in lupins that make them too bitter for most grazing pests to bother with. The most common reason for this is for defense, and many of the chemicals formed in plants are produced in order to make themselves less palatable and in some cases poisonous to pests….

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