Some 600 million carnivorous spiders grown by Busy-Bee labs will be used as a natural pesticide alternative to protect crops.
Bio-Bee noted the fast reproductive cycles of the Persimilis it grows from its incubation stage to an adult state in about a week. These modified mites are expensive and are sold for several thousand shekels per gram. Each unit handed out to the farmers seeking to use this method of pest control will include between 2,000-4,000 carnivorous spiders.
The natural predators are kept in refrigerated conditions until they arrive at their designated dispersal site; when they are released into the warm air, they begin reproducing and hunting at a rate of tens of thousands of mites per day.
Recently, Bio-Bee exported 400 million fruit flies that were radioactively sterilized. The sterile flies from Israel were sent to agricultural lands on the border between Croatia and Bosnia to displace other fruit flies that were causing massive damages to the local crops.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com – on November 24, 2015
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