A mutated gene found in the moth genus Ostrinia could lead to a less harmful approach to pest control, new research shows.
The gene results in new pheromones being created by substituting an amino acid in an enzyme. Pheromones play a crucial role in insect life by helping with communication and mating.
Researchers believe this will allow the tailored production of pheromones for pest control, providing a less harmful method than traditional pesticides. Pheromones do not harm other animals and pose no dangers to people but are effective in altering the behaviour of harmful insects.