Nuke the resident weevil: radiation may prove more potent than pesticide for pepper pest

Vegetables Toronto
Produce is on display at a small market on Bloor Street West in Toronto.

You may not have heard of the pepper weevil, but it’s said to have cost Ontario farmers $83 million in crop damage in 2016. Now, scientists hope a blast of cobalt gamma radiation will prove more potent – and less problematic – than pesticides.


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