Natural oils present in a medicinal and aromatic plant that grows widely in southern India can help fight crop pests, including the American bollworm that gets the better of cotton. Oils found in Chloroxylon swietenia â€” known as East Indian satinwood â€” can reduce insect growth and feeding, says a team of researchers from Osmania University and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, both based in Hyderabad. The findings were reported in the journal Current Science. The researchers say that the oils â€” whose insecticidal properties are comparable to the common insecticide monochlorophos â€” could be an environmentally safe method to control plant pests.
Source: The Telegraph (Kolkata, India)