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MIT researchers found a way to make pesticides stick to plants

from Gizmodo

When farmers spray their crops with pesticides and other treatments to help ensure their survival, 98 percent of those chemicals bounce right off the plants and end up in the groundwater as pollution. It’s a waste, and harmful to the environment, so researchers at MIT came up with a cheap but effective way to instead make those chemicals stick to crops. Plants are naturally hydrophobic, which means that liquids tend to bounce right off them. As a result, blasting them with liquid pesticides requires a tremendous amount of chemicals so that the two percent that actually sticks actually effectively keeps pests at bay. What the researchers at MIT came up with was a way to make these liquid pesticides actually stick to plants and leaves upon application. more

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