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UC Davis Research Could Lead to No Scent, No Sex For the Japanese Beetle

June 16, 2008

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The University of California, Davis chemical ecologists, led by Walter Leal, have isolated, identified, cloned and expressed a pheromone-degrading enzyme in the Japanese beetle that could lead to important applications in controlling the invasive pest that has threatened U.S. agriculture since 1916. Damages in the larval and adult stages cost more than $450 million annually in the United States, according to the USDA. Full Story

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