Carbon Dioxide Could Save Strawberries From Parasitic Mites

Carbon dioxide could save strawberries from parasitic mitesA method of protecting strawberry plants from two-spotted spider mites without chemical-based pesticides might help farmers in Miyagi Prefecture who were devastated by the tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Tamotsu Murai, a professor at Utsunomiya University, and his team found they could exterminate two-spotted spider mites without damaging strawberry plants by manipulating carbon dioxide concentrations.

About 0.5 millimeters in size, two-spotted spider mites infest strawberry leaves and prevent their growth. They are quick to adapt to pesticides so new types of pesticides are needed every few years.