Most conventional and organic farmers rely on insecticides to kill pests. But, new research shows that a compound in fruit may be a good natural alternative to repel bugs. Lesley McClurg in Sacramento has the story.
Anandasankar Ray is an entomology professor at UC Riverside.
He recently studied how butyl anthranilate keeps fruit flies away from blueberries.
The natural compound smells like grapes. It's found in low concentrations in several types of fruit. It’s commonly used as a flavor and fragrance additive.