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ARS scientists in Hilo, Hawaii are collaborating with ARS researchers at Weslaco, Texas, to investigate phloxine B, better known as the FDA-approved red dye number 28. The dye, might prove a safe, effective alternative to today's malathion insecticide. Medflies often share regurgitated food. This helps spread the insecticidal dye-and-bait blend through the population.

Photo by Scott Bauer.



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