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The unique chemical signals sent out by the brown stink bug have attractive properties, according to new research discovered by the United States Department of Agriculture. This new knowledge can help scientists control the stinkbug population that often time ravages crops and plants across the United States.
The new study, published in The Journal of Natural Products, outlines the chemical structure of the brown stinkbug's scent, and how it can be used for synthetic population control. In conjunction with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, the research done has opened up doors for scientists to control the population and have more control over the protection of crops from the bug, reports AG Professional.
The research was conducted with scientists collecting airborne samples of the pheromones released by the bug and secluding two specific chemicals found in adult male stinkbugs. These bugs can be found in over 30 states, reports Auto World News, and can have devastating consequences on many popular United States crops including corn, soybeans, peaches, and apples. When the pheromones are released, thousands of bugs may congregate to one specific area, damaging buildings and plants that reside in the space.