Israeli spiders to weave a fatal web around Colombian pests(now what could go wrong)

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Israeli spiders to weave a fatal web around Colombian pests(now what could go wrong)

Post  kelee877 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:13 am

Israeli spiders to weave a fatal web around Colombian pests

Little spider mites that harm plants and crops in Colombia will soon meet their match – and their maker – when Israeli-produced carnivorous spiders are deployed to destroy their colonies.

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In a new deal, Israeli biotech firm BioBee will send 600 million spider mites to Colombian farmers to help them battle the spider mites that threaten, among other things, Colombia’s biggest cash crop – coffee.

The spiders, raised at BioBee’s Jordan Valley facility, are spider mites themselves – but are twice the size of the mites they will be attacking. And they’re not interested in the leaves of plants that the Red Spider Mites attack – they eat the attacking mites themselves.

While the usual method of battling the scourge is through pesticides, an ongoing attack by the destructive mites has stretched the limits of pesticide application; any more, and the coffee and other crops the farmers export to the United States will be rejected. In addition, the more pesticides that are applied, the more the predatory mites build up resistance, said BioBee.

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How often have they shipped one species from side of the world to another..only to have the invasive species take over an area..now they are doing this what in the world are they thinking
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